Archive for January, 2013


I have found my new favorite reason for having an iPad: Paragraph Shorts.


The vast majority of the world’s books, music, films, television and art, you will never see. It’s just numbers.

Now, everything gets dropped into our laps, and there are really only two responses if you want to feel like you’re well-read, or well-versed in music, or whatever the case may be: culling and surrender.

Linda Holmes in The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going to Miss Almost Everything 


“[He] has 18 down of the 19, which is being treated with 13, 15.”

–Crossword master Araucaria reveals in cryptic puzzle that he is dying of cancer

Happy long weekend! I got you an article about death. And crossword puzzles about death!

Pixar’s in-house theory is: Be wrong as fast as you can. Mistakes are an inevitable part of the creative process, so get right down to it and start making them. Even great ideas are wrecked on the road to fruition and then have to be painstakingly reconstructed. “Every Pixar film was the worst motion picture ever made at one time or another,” Lasseter said. “People don’t believe that, but it’s true. But we don’t give up on the films.”

Hugely successful people tend to say self-deprecating stuff like this when they go on “Charlie Rose.” But I heard something quite genuine in Lasseter’s remarks, an acknowledgment of just how deep into the muck of mediocrity a creative project can sink as it takes those first vulnerable steps from luxurious abstraction to unforgiving reality.

— Hugo Lindgren in “Be Wrong as Fast as You Can”

Yes. This.

“I believe in a great canon, but as a writer, I don’t much care. The artist’s canon must be personal.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates in My Heroes. Your Stamps.

Thematic Curation: A Look at Kate Spade’s Content Strategy

“All too often, brands fall victim to the content marketing pitfall of highlighting only their own milestones, products, and customer interactions, creating streams of content that seem stale and retrospective.”

“In creating its digital presence, Kate Spade has managed to convert the je ne sais quoi of its meticulously designed physical visual merchandising (read: eye-catching store windows in SoHo and on Fifth Avenue) and products into a decidedly on-brand experience. Using its blog, which is integrated prominently into its main e-commerce site, as well as varied social media presences, the Kate Spade team has developed and maintained a voice and visual point of view that reinforce the brand while avoiding heavy-handedness.”


When a Floppy Disc No Longer Signals “Save”


In which I learned a new word: skeuomorphic