A few years ago I made a free zine about gratitude that you can print and fold and fill out. I’ve gotten some lovely messages from people who have used it in their classrooms and at the Thanksgiving dinnertable. Look inside and download it here.
When I was hanging out with Ryan Holiday last Monday, I asked him about the Stoic virtues he’s currently writing about. I admitted that in the abstract, I didn’t find virtues all that helpful to me in my work! It often feels like vices — like envy or anger — are more motivating and bring about better ideas. (My books, even though they’re fairly positive, are often written out of a negative approach that’s fueled by my disgust with the world.)
Ryan brought up Aristotle’s “Doctrine of the Mean,” the idea that virtue is located in the middle of two vices. Each virtue is “a golden mean” between deficiency and excess. A path between two extremes. (Confucius and others wrote about this, too.)
You can read the rest of the newsletter and download the zine here.
My son’s 4th grade teacher asked me to come speak about publishing and book design. To try to show the class that “all publishing is self-publishing” and books are just fancy zines, I spent a good portion of my Saturday making a batch of zines for them:
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Today’s newsletter is a downloadable zine about finding energy in the gap between your vision and your reality.
Here’s the first page:
In today’s newsletter: a zine about the creative seasons.