Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #174

Start your Monday off right:

  1. David Chang's new Netflix cooking show, Ugly Delicious, is absolutely brilliant. He takes a look at certain foods and how they show up in various cultures. To be warned, you will get very hungry watching each episode. 
  2. Tom Gran started a drawing challenge on January 1 where he adds another character to a giant fight scene each day. He is currently on day 70 and the scene is already crazy. 
  3. Pigeon racing is an old sport of the working class in Northern Europe. Zak Waters spent a couple of years photographing the sport and the characters who race the birds. The project is being kickstarted as a book and I picked up a copy. 
  4. Reuben Wu paired up a drone and long exposures of gorgeous rock formation to create this set of images. I am surprised a photographer hasnt done this already. 
  5. Ben Coleman created the video series, "Why I Create", exploring various artist's and their why. I have watched a couple of the them and was highly impressed. 
  6. Josh Neff's series, "Outer Limits", explores life far removed from cities. I cant wait to see who this series evolves and matures over time.  
  7. “Here is the hardest thing for many people about adulthood: Staying awake. That is, resisting the somnambulance that will grow like weeds over any state of habitual life, excepting acute crises. You have to actively invite experiences into your life that will interrupt the smallness of your story and the calcifying generalizations you make about the world based on your own private universe.”   Sara Hendren
  8. Elliot Verdier spent 4 months traveling through Kyrgyzstan capturing the generational differences between the elderly who long for the days of USSR and the more westernized youth.  

  9. A great reminder that creative energy is renewable. "One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water." This quote is from Annie Dillard. 

  10. Seth Godin's thoughts on writer's block need to be repeated to creatives until the concept of writer's block finally dies. He released a podcast on it and I would encourage everyone to listen to it.