“Keep the day job”.

There’s a great article in Slate [Thanks to Austin Kleon for the link] about how a lot of famous artists managed to still do their thing while still holding down a regular, long-term day job. Joseph Cornell, one of my favorite artists, was mentioned: The artist Joseph Cornell struggled with this arrangement. He made his […]

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“The New Certainties”: Minimalism, Motivational Speakers & Looking For New Stuff To Believe In etc.

[The “Hughtrain” cartoon, 2004] I’ve been seeing a pattern emerging. Here are some of the main ingredients: 1. That Marfa, Texas, one of the great Minimalist shrines in America is now a popular hipster destination spot. 2. One of my my favorite movies of recent years, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which I’ve been raving about for […]

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Creativity Comes After The Fact

The cartoon above came to me after a Twitter exchange I had with my good friend, the fellow cartoonist-writer-creativity-guru-ninja-whatever, Austin Kleon: Hugh: If all your songs are songs about writing songs, don’t expect anyone to listen to them. Austin: The problem with writing about creativity is that it’s often more lucrative than actually being creative. […]

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How To Really Use The Internet

I remember my first really big Internet “A-Ha!” moment like it was yesterday. It was about a decade ago, just after the DotCom crash, around the same time I first heard about blogging. I had just heard from somewhere that Salon.com, one of the first big-time magazines to launch exclusively online (that was still a […]

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why most artists’ blogs fail

By “artist’s blog” I mean, a personal blog by an artist, not a blog about “Art” per se. I read a couple of artists’ blogs. I like Austin Kleon and Hazel Dooney, for example… John T Unger doesn’t like writing much, but he has a great podcast, Art Heroes Radio. But sadly, most artists’ blogs […]

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
Best Selling Author

His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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Last year my State of the College address was 76 slides loaded with data. This year it was 14 cartoons that were substantially more memorable.

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In moments of indecision I glance at the wall [to Hugh's work] for guidance.

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