Nearly every artist dreams of being well-known. But holding onto this dream makes creative work a nightmare. To recoup the dividends of art, we must move beyond desires for fame and fortune.Read More
Real People, Provocative Ideas
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If Plato were alive today, he might be a hipster. He’d have the beard, for sure; he’d challenge ideas coming from institutions and people in authority; and he’d likely embrace a life of minimalism.Read More
I've come to believe that wonder is the grandest of all human emotions. In fact, it's not quite an emotion. Nor is it a thought. It's the absence of these things. It is a spellbinding, a dazzling, a state of being awestruck. Stupid.Read More
Teresa Bird is a 25-year-old native of Minneapolis who’s staying true to her name, and flying. She’s handcrafting pies and sharing them from a 1969 Volkswagen bus while traveling the country. And in the process, she’s helping others discover their wings.Read More
The real subject of a good photograph is light.
The moments we want to catch are rare not only because the event is rare, but because the event in combination with the right lighting is. In fact, the thing we look for, the thing we're chasing, is light.Read More
Dr. Charles Walton demonstrates that a person can make a difference in the world when using personal talents in service of a community. He has been helping opioid addicts for 22 years. Here he shares his thoughts on the Drug War, big pharma, and the one thing addicts need to stay in recovery.Read More
Have you ever made a decision that made no sense, but felt right? And not only did it feel right, but significant, as if on the other side of that decision lay your destiny?
Then you'll know what I'm talking about.Read More
As a kid, I was a bit of a rebel. And I believed I was this way because there was something wrong with me. At least, that's what they told me. Well they were wrong. They were wrong about me, and they're wrong about you.Read More
There's no way of knowing when you'll wake up in life, or if you ever will. Only after getting down the track a ways do you realize you were in fact asleep when you thought you had things figured out. And this thought scares the shit out of you.Read More
By most accounts, David is unforgettable. This, in part, is probably due to his tall, lanky frame, his curly locks bordering an afro, or his incessant smile coupled with a boisterous voice. Whatever it is, the man was infectious.Read More
My grandfather, just before leaving life at the age of 94, left these parting words of advice: Be kind to everyone. These four words, reflecting the wisdom of a century of living, now hang as an epitaph on my mother's living room wall. Seems simple enough.Read More
I work in an industry that is, dare I say, regrettable. It is the world of affiliate marketing – the online manifestation of advertising's ability to penetrate every inch of space where human attention is focused. My thoughts on this industry are for another day, but last weekend I was shuttled to Las Vegas for a conference and I unexpectedly learned a lesson in compassion.Read More
I first took LSD when I was 15. A few friends and I each took a dose and spent the next eight hours riding bikes through town, laughing and wondering and shuddering at the strangeness of the world we had stepped into.Read More