Begin with a bookshelf

Build a board of long-distance advocates. These can be authors, leaders or personal heroes of yours you might never meet. You’ll never share coffee, perhaps, but their books and ideas can impact your career. I’ve never met him, but author Steven Pressfield greatly impacted the hustle investment of my Career Savings Account. I never would have […]

Silly illustrations by David Shrigley

The great illustrator David Shrigley does a lot of fantastic weird and funny art loaded with truth serum. He speaks for so many, including myself. Here are some of my recently discovered favorites. Visit Shrigley’s website to check out all of his work, including these ‘oblique comments and strange drawings’ from his last book.

Material to hone

It starts with something to play with. Then it builds into an enormous flower of connections and surprises. The problem isn’t speeding up — it’s calming down the circuits of the brain that are overworked and over-wired. A prompt here, a rough sentence there, stock phrases, we inject certainty onto the page. But the dominance […]

Meet Bolivia’s powerful female wrestlers, Flying Cholitas

Photographer Todd Anthony took pictures of Bolivia’s indigenous female wrestlers for his new project, Flying Cholitas. This unique group of athletes wear more than stylish dresses and beautiful petticoats — they come together to demonstrate pride in their history. Once colonized by the Spanish and rejected as lower-class citizens, pejoratively known as “cholita,” they have since […]

Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn

London-based artist Julie Cockburn discovers old prints of primarily faces and landscapes and uses hand embroidery, ink, and paint turn them into neat-looking collages. Once I have committed to the designed image, the needlework has to be perfect — there is no longer room for play or error. The result is that each embroidered motif […]

Bending meaning with Max Ernst

Twists and turns, intended distortions, randomness and the irrational all stitched into a collage. Abstraction makes it compelling. Becoming interested in its weirdness makes it less strange. To break the rules is human. Thinking different frees one from the cage of conformity and dumps water over a fire of paralysis. Max Ernst flirted beyond painting, […]