Get The Folk Out of Here

Sting: How I started writing songs again

Morning Dose of “And Still I Rise”

Maya Angelou, Rest in Peace (1928 – 2014)

“The Strategy That I Use Most Often When I Get Stuck is I Think About an Idea From a Point of View That Has Absolutely Nothing to do With That Idea”

Stephen Sagmeister on creative problem solving

Wisdom, Life Lessons, and Knowledge From A Man Who’s Made A Living Pretending to Eat Cat Food

Charlie Day’s Merrimack College Commencement Address

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Morning Dose of an Important Message From KRS-One

Allergy to Originality

An animated discussion between two men on whether anything is truly original.

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“When You Please Your Mother By Doing Something, It Gives You The Confidence That You Can Please Other People”

Gene Wilder on getting the courage to make people laugh, in the latest Blank on Blank.

LSD Wisdom from the Thar Desert

This dude’s having fun.

Opening Your Mind, One Step at a Time

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Two separate articles from two different continents both promoting the positive effects that walking has on creativity. Now that the weather has finally turned nice, head outside, take a long stroll, and let your brain run wild.

art by Andrew Jeffrey Wright

Present Shock

The human response to living in a world where everything happens now. Douglass Rushkoff makes the case for moving to the Caribbean.

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Ode To A Flower

Adapted from an interview with theoretical physicist Richard Feynman, and animated by Fraser Davidson

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Having Some Shit Around to Break Also Helps

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How the Acronym STOP Can Help You Find Calm

S stands for Stop
T stands for Take a Breath
O stands for Observe
P stands for Proceed

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The Importance of Kindness

An animated adaptation of a commencement speech given by George Saunders at Syracuse University, May 2013.

About a Recently Purchased Item on Etsy

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It’s not that I needed these original Nike Aqua Socks, it’s that they were in a size 12 and I felt like it was destiny to buy them. I don’t even know how a memory of my first pair triggered a google search, but it did, and now I have a hot pink version of some old foot technology being shipped across the continental US to Brooklyn. I probably won’t even wear these, since I remember how the top of the sock used to pinch my foot nonstop. And they’re hot pink. But I’ll try them on once, just to remember a warm day in the late 1980s at my grandparents’ pool in Marco Island, Florida. I guess I bought them for that memory, and the fact that I didn’t want anyone else who wears a size 12 to have them.

Signs of Summer

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A motivational print by Tim Lahan

“When I Was Singing About ‘All You Need Is Love,’ I Was Talking About Something I Hadn’t Experienced”

John Lennon and Yoko Ono on developing and nurturing love, in the latest Blank on Blank.

Heads or Tails

life-of-a-penny

In such a disposable economy, it’s always a treasure to come across old money. Here, Chris Ware imagines the journey of one penny, minted in 1929.

The Man Behind The Mountain

Before American Folk Artist Leonard Knight passed away earlier this year, filmmakers Ben Stoddard and Dave Ehrenreich spent some quality time with the creator of Salvation Mountain.

Johnny Cash’s Gospel-Driven Work Ethic

Blank on Blank returns with this interview featuring Johnny Cash in 1996.

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