The Artist’s Job

“Whose job is it in times like this to connect ideas, realities and people?” ~ Mwende Katwiwa … I just came across the following 8-min talk from Rethinking Life, and its message is definitely worth spreading, especially for all kinds of artists out there. “[I]t is the artist’s job to unearth stories that people try to […]

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The Necessity of Madness: Creativity’s Curse

“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” — Aristotle … Greatness, especially in the arts, has often been correlated with madness—or at least a touch of it. Artists in general have a reputation for being eccentric, obsessive, and unstable, and the really legendary ones are often perceived to have straddled “the […]

The War for the Arts

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola … What is an artist? As a kid, my view of the artist was somewhat stereotypical—dressed in devil-may-care-styled street clothes, hair long and unkempt, holed up in […]