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The Poetics of the Psyche: Adam Phillips on Why Psychoanalysis Is Like Literature and How Art Soothes the Soul
The Poetics of the Psyche: Adam Phillips on Why Psychoanalysis Is Like Literature and How Art Soothes the Soul

“Everybody is dealing with how much of their own aliveness they can bear and how much they need to anesthetize themselves.”

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Maya Angelou on Identity and the Meaning of Life
Maya Angelou on Identity and the Meaning of Life

“Life loves the liver of it. You must live and life will be good to you.”

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Pete Seeger on Combinatorial Creativity, Originality, Equality, and the Art of Dot-Connecting
Pete Seeger on Combinatorial Creativity, Originality, Equality, and the Art of Dot-Connecting

“All of us, we’re links in a chain. And if we do our job right, there will be many, many links to come.”

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Picasso on Success and Why You Should Never Compromise in Creative Work
Picasso on Success and Why You Should Never Compromise in Creative Work

“One must have the courage of one’s vocation and the courage to make a living from one’s vocation.”

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What It Takes to Design a Good Life
What It Takes to Design a Good Life

“Busy is a decision… You don’t find the time to do things — you make the time to do things.”

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Dani Shapiro on Vulnerability, the Creative Impulse, the Writing Life, and How to Live with Presence
Dani Shapiro on Vulnerability, the Creative Impulse, the Writing Life, and How to Live with Presence

“The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it. To be birthed by it.”

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Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage, and How to Dance with the Fear: A Children’s Book for Grownups
Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage, and How to Dance with the Fear: A Children’s Book for Grownups

“If you just pick one human you can change for the better, with work that might not work — that’s what art is.”

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David Lynch on Where Ideas Come From and the Fragmentary Nature of Creativity
David Lynch on Where Ideas Come From and the Fragmentary Nature of Creativity

How to throw bait in the river of ideation.

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Perseverance, Self-Transcendence, and the “Slow Churn” of Creativity: A Conversation with Artist Rachel Sussman
Perseverance, Self-Transcendence, and the “Slow Churn” of Creativity: A Conversation with Artist Rachel Sussman

How deep time puts our fleeting human lives in perspective, what it takes to persist, and why any meaningful creative endeavor requires sacrifice.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono on Love, Animated
John Lennon and Yoko Ono on Love, Animated

“You’ve got to work on it. It is a precious gift, and it’s a plant, and you’ve got to look after it and water it.”

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