Legendary Harvard psychologist Jerome Bruner on the art of “effective surprise” and the 6 conditions of creativity
The ability to forgive oneself. Stop here for a few breaths and think about this, because it is the key to making art and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life. Every time I have set out to translate the book (or story, or hopelessly long essay) that exists in such brilliant detail on the big screen of my limbic system onto a piece of paper (which, let’s face it, was once a towering tree crowned with leaves and a home to birds), I grieve for my own lack of talent and intelligence. Every. Single. Time. Were I smarter, more gifted, I could pin down a closer facsimile of the wonders I see. I believe that, more than anything else, this grief of constantly having to face down our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers. Forgiveness, therefore, is key. I can’t write the book I want to write, but I can and will write the book I am capable of writing. Again and again throughout the course of my life I will forgive myself.
Beloved illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger reimagines The Wizard of Oz
Behold the Periodic Table of Storytelling – a guide to the tropes, characters, and story elements of great stories. Complement with Kurt Vonnegut on the 5 essential shapes of stories and Nabokov on the 3 qualities a great storyteller must have.
(HT Open Culture)
If you read one thing today, make it Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on how a human smile saved his life during the war
14 British accents in 84 seconds
(via Open Culture)
Mr. Bliss — the little-known children’s book J.R.R. Tolkien lovingly hand-wrote and illustrated for his own two kids when they were little.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on how a smile saved his life during the Spanish Civil War – an exquisite meditation on our shared humanity, and one of the most soul-stirring things I’ve ever read.
Hope Is a Girl Selling Fruit – gorgeous and heartwarming illustrated celebration of women’s journey toward creative freedom, based on traditional Indian folk art