Mark Twain: ‘We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope’

“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations.” — Mark Twain See combinatorial creativity.

‘The worrier is the opposite of a lighthouse’

  Worrying can be short-sighted and egotistical. FOMO, or fear of missing out, is a 21st-century problem driven by the use of smartphones. As David Brooks highlights in his article The Epidemic of Worry, ‘the worrier is the opposite of a lighthouse:’ “He doesn’t give out energy for the benefit of others. He absorbs energy at others’ […]

Defining the Creative in the 21st Century, Why Models Never Smile, The Useless Agony of Going Offline, and More

Arts & Culture Creative Thoughts from Street Etiquette What do we make of all these writing and photography tools that help us create? What does it even mean to be creative in the 21st century? Street Etiquette offers some insight on Twitter. Yes. “Creative” is a new occupation held up by our generation. Where there […]

The Family Leach

Everyone has a famous relative. I’m related to Mark Twain, Dad says. Some people use lineage as an excuse for work already done, living through the success of somebody else. But inherited fame is a cop-out. People are responsible for their own individual success. What matters is your own work. You can take inspiration and […]