Ernest Hemingway’s 1923 passport photo, now at the JFK Library in Boston.
The sales figures for April 2011 are in and the PW headline says it all: digital jumps, print plummets.
Leonardo da Vinci’s epic procrastination and the practical use of procrastination as a sign that your work (rather than yourself) may be dull.
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Southie reacts to the capture of Whitey Bulger
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Amazing footage of the 1967 NHL season.
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A vintage children’s video from Encyclopedia Britannica on making books (1947)
Mencken: “No virtuous man … ever painted a picture worth looking at, or written a symphony worth hearing, or a book worth reading.”
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Terry Moore describes the proper way to tie your shoes (yes, you’ve been doing it wrong).
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The Boston Globe reports on the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup in June 2011
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On auction: Bobby Orr’s skates, worn during the 1974-75 season.
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Looking over the numbers of prolific artists and innovators reinforces the basic rule: Creativity is a function of the quantity of work produced.
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Proposed logo for Ford, designed by Paul Rand, 1966.
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Paul Rand’s business card.
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For next couple of weeks, you can enter to win an advance copy of Defending Jacob.
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A PowerPoint-esque chart by designer/illustrator Christoph Niemann perfectly captures the writing process.
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Book trailer for Andrew Zuckerman’s “Wisdom.”
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When I’m stuck — as I have been for some time now, trying to crack the plot of my next book, to “break” the story, as screenwriters say — I always look for older stories to use as templates. The writer David Lodge has a great term for this sort of literary model: “precursor texts” [...]
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Two quotes pulled from Orwell’s classic essay on Dickens.
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The U.S. murder rate (homicides per 1,000 people) over time (chart).
A cover concept for “Moby Dick.”
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