Start your Monday off right:
- The NY Mag has collected the breakthrough moments from some of the biggest writers, actors, comedians, and other well known stars. My favorite was Yo-Yo Ma who said, "My parents thought I was not talented. So basically they left me alone."
- Animation is largely dominated by the computer. Yet there remain those who still embrace the painstaking work of stop animation using their own handmade creations. The magazine, Monocle, interviews three of this artist.
- The photographer, Andy Lee, captured this beautiful collection of images from Patagonia.
- Jim Mortram decided to documents those who live within 3 miles of his home. The resulting images are both moving and gorgeously personal. Small Town Inertia may be one of the best series I have seen in a long time.
- Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate is interesting look on how procrastination (or at least the proper kind) might improve creative thinking. Time and distance from the task allow your brain to think about the problem in non-linear ways and hopefully, allowing you to come up with a more creative solution.
- More often than not, I feel like a con-man. A person imitating an artist or what I think an artist should be. Austin Kleon examined the new book from Maria Konnikova, "The Confidence Game", to see similarities between artists and con-men. The only difference between the two appears to be originality.
- The First Fifteen Minutes of learning something new is the most frustrating. You make obvious mistakes. You feel like an idiot. And many times that feeling prevents us from putting in the extra effort necessary to learn this new skill. So next time recognize that feeling and chose to embrace it knowing that it will get easier. And all the fun is on the other side of that feeling.