I sit at my desk. It is night, and my laptop glows with a pale, blank page. Books surround me, along with notes from a recent craft talk by a writer I admire. I ’m organized, on top of it, prepared to write. But my anxiety rises, and I feel queasy. I’m upset, off-balance, paralyzed. To distract myself, I open email, peek at Twitter, get up to make tea—anything to escape the vertiginous page. I have the nausea of craft. In his novel, … [Read more...] about The Nausea of Craft
Creativity in the Art World.
In his 2006 address to Stanford University's Academic Council, President John Hennessy stated that "Artists have always responded to the issues of the day, integrated the latest thinking and challenged our perceptions. The arts develop ways of thinking that can be nonlinear and visual rather than verbal. In addition to the role of the arts in fostering creative thinking, the arts give us a venue for dealing with the complexities and ambiguities of human existence, helping to build a bridge between diverse cultures and experiences." It is this "spirit" that the articles in this section have been curated.
“Charlotte Brontë was essentially a trance writer” (311), so writes Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar in their wildly popular feminist text The Madwoman in the Attic. Brontë’s art form, though well-rehearsed after decades of writing alongside her sisters, is almost as mystical and mythologized as Jane Eyre itself, with strange and morbidly fascinating tales of Charlotte’s peers watching her write at a furious pace, her eyes closed and gripping her … [Read more...] about Charlotte Brontë’s “Possession”: What Writers Can Learn from the Author of Jane Eyre
The construction of Antoni Gaudí's Park Güell in Barcelona stuttered to a halt in 1914. In Gaudí’s view, however, the project was hardly finished. He and his sponsor Eusebi Güell had envisioned an elaborate residential development on the outskirts of Barcelona when they began planning the project in 1899, but the residential aspect of this project never caught on with potential buyers. In the end, only two of the envisioned sixty homes were … [Read more...] about Gaudí’s Park Güell at 100: Celebrating a Creative Visionary’s Failure
If you live in a city or large suburb, this may be a familiar scene. You're walking down a sidewalk; it could be almost anywhere. And, you come upon the back of a street sign, or an electrical junction box, even a window or steel door that is covered with stickers. Some are artistic images, some political, while others are humorous; and none are commercial. Such marginal spaces are the community canvas of the sticker artist. A sub-community of … [Read more...] about Exploring Sticker Art Culture with DAVe TOO