How will I pay the bills?

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

be useful

This mini-rant was originally posted on Twitter, but people really responded to it, so I’m archiving it here.

“How will I pay the bills?” is a perfectly reasonable question from a young person, worth a thoughtful answer.

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The work goes on

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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Judith brought this newspaper clipping to the little book release party my wife threw for me after my first book came out. An artist herself, she blacked out the caption of the photograph to read: “create more a    r  t.”

I had it hanging on my bulletin board for a few years, then took it down and threw it in a box when I moved my office out to the garage.

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Borrow a kid

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

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If you have a child of two or three, or can borrow one, let her give you beginning lessons in looking.
—Corita Kent and Jan Steward, Learning By Heart

This weekend we visited the Umlauf Sculpture Garden here in Austin. Towards the end of our visit, I spent at least half an hour at the very edge of the garden with my back to the beautiful art and scenery, watching the cars whiz by on Robert E. Lee Road.

Going to an art museum with a two-year-old will make you rethink what’s interesting and what’s art. (After all, what are cars but fast, colorful, kinetic sculptures?) This, of course, should be the point of museums: to make us look closer at our everyday life as a source of art and wonder.

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How to stay alive

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

how to stay alive

Things can get tricky when you turn the thing you love into the thing that keeps you clothed and fed. Proceed with caution.

Interview with James Victore

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

James Victore came by the garage and interviewed me for his Burning Questions series. In the Show Your Work! spirit, he posted our interview unedited. Watch it here.

Interview with Unmistakable Creative

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

If you have an hour to kill, I had a nice chat with Srinivas Rao on his Unmistakable Creative podcast. Srinivas said listeners had been requesting me for a while, so I was more than happy to disappoint them be invited.

Among the many topics we discussed: why I found my best work after I left school and what one should to do with an audience once they show up.

Listen here. [53 minutes, MP3]

People you follow

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

dabbling

When you discover a new-to-you piece of culture that you want to investigate, say, a new artist or a TV show, it can be hard to know where to start.

Most of us jump on Wikipedia and go from there, but these days I like to head over to Twitter.

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Six years of logbooks

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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“Writers are the custodians of memory, and that’s what you must become if you want to leave some kind of record of your life…”
William Zinsser

A little over six years ago I bought a little Moleskine daily diary and started keeping a logbook. Here’s how you can keep your own.

Better than I deserved

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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My morning routine

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

my morning routine

The site My Morning Routine asked me some questions about how I get my day started, and encouraged me to repost the answers here. Please note that this post is not intended to be prescriptive, but simply descriptive, a la Daily Rituals.

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