The Writer’s BLOCK

Illustrator and author of The Shape of Ideas Grant Snider, dropped a new comic for New York Times books that outlines the pains of writer’s block using the metaphor of a city block itself. I’ve written extensively on the myth of a writer’s block here before. And it’s just that, a myth. No matter what fictitious […]


The self-portrait is an ancient art form

The self-portrait is an ancient art form. It rose to popularity in the Renaissance with society’s shift in focus to the individual. Throughout the history of the discipline, artists have searched for innovative ways to represent the self. From the strange visions of Frida Kahlo to the massive, intricate portraits of Chuck Close, many contemporary […]