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Julianne Chung: To be creative, Chinese philosophy teaches us to abandon ‘originality’

Creativity isn’t conceived as aiming at novelty or originality, but rather integration. Instead of aiming at something new, it aims at something that combines well with the situation of which it’s a part.

March 9, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: A Mind Sang

In the last moments before childbirth, a mother sees how similar her life and her child’s life will be.

December 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Stephen Dobyns: The Poet’s Disregard

He ponders composing an ode
to his long time sidekick Death, but as his
own departure draws near their friendship
has grown problematic.

December 8, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: Alike

. From Barcelona comes “Alike,” a short animated film by Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez which tells the story of Copi, a father who tries to teach the right … Continue reading

June 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fred Maus: I Listen to an Adagio by Ravel

. Then, I know how to speak with a single voice, meandering onward, not clear whether anyone is listening, pushing on to the next word and the next, not with … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The Master Potter

Today I visited my friend Bill Foglia who’s a master potter. He’s a founding member and the landlord of Penn Avenue Pottery, an artists’ cooperative located in the Strip District, … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

Sheryl St. Germain: Essay in Search of a Poem

You’ve been trying to finish a poem for what seems like a long time. It’s a poem that has to do with the death of your son. At first you … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 13 Comments

Video: Elizabeth Gilbert talks about finding your creative genius

With wit and humor, the author of “Eat, Pray, Love” talks about artistic creativity, imagination, and fear of success.          

October 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

Video: “Piano Fling” from Northern Exposure

This is possibly the best explanation of art and innovation ever to appear in American popular culture: “It’s not the thing you fling, it’s the fling itself.”

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

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