Finding Vivian Maier

The 19th-century French novelist Gustave Flaubert once said to be “be regular and orderly in your life like a Bourgeois so that you may be violent and original in your work.” Vivian Maier took this to heart. No one ever knew this nanny was an artist of her own. She took over 100,000 photos, mostly street […]

Kevin Kelly: ‘I define art as cool and useless’

Kevin Kelly was the former editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, the counterculture magazine Steve Jobs adored. He also founded Wired Magazine and continues to write books and give speeches worldwide about the future of technology. Below are some of the most interesting highlights of a recent interview with an online publication The Caret. Just […]

The voices within

What is your inner dialogue? If it’s like most people, it’s chaotic and uncontrollable. Perhaps one of the reasons we tug away at our phones is because we’re too afraid to play with the chorus of our thoughts. In his new book The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves, […]

Copy, Paste, and then Personalize

Sometimes the ordinary stuff is just more interesting People copy for two reasons: To learn To develop their own style There’s nothing wrong with copying for purposes of practice. You can mimic the writing of Hemingway or paint like Van Gogh if that helps hone your skills. Where copying gets complicated is when you use […]

The more authors a piece has, the less people like it

But in traditionally solitary art forms like painting and poetry, the more creators a piece has, the less quality it is perceived to have. It turns out that there’s a greater chance someone will like your picture or poems if you write them yourself. Who said art was a team game? You may also like: