Preston Van Boyd

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The Little Red Schoolbook: An Honest Vintage Guide to Teenage Sexuality, Education Reform, and Independent Thinking

In 1969, shortly after the Summer of Love swept America, Danish schoolteachers Søren Hansen and Jesper Jensen penned a slim and provocative book for teens as “a protest against the Victorian/authoritarian school system with its robotic discipline,” encouraging young people to think for themselves, …

Vintage Illustrations for Tolkien’s The Hobbit from Around the World

Writing about the allure of fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien famously asserted that there is no such thing as writing “for children” — that’s perhaps why his stories continue to enchant generations and attract admirers of all ages. Tolkien’s first major work, <b>The Hobbit</b> (<i>public library</i>) — the prequel to his …

Kandinsky on the Spiritual Element in Art and the Three Responsibilities of Artists

<i>“Art is a form of nourishment (of consciousness, the spirit),”</i> 31-year-old Susan Sontag wrote in her diary in 1964. <i>“Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,”</i> wrote Alain de Botton half a century later in the excellent <i>Art as Therapy</i>. But perhaps the greatest meditation on how art serves the …

Muriel Rukeyser on the Root of Our Resistance to Poetry, What It Shares with Science, and How It Expands our Lives

One sweltering New York afternoon some years ago, I was sitting across from a dear friend several decades my senior as I mentioned, with the matter-of-factly, arrogant naiveté of someone who does that sort of thing, that I didn’t care for poetry. Without missing a beat, she began reciting E.E. …

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

As soon as we ask what creativity is, we invariably ponder the essential question of where good ideas come from and how we can coax them into manifesting. In 1926, Graham Wallace proposed a pioneering model for the four stages of the creative process, which was adapted into a five-step “technique …

Art & Painting

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

<i>“Imagine immensities. Pick yourself up from rejection and plow ahead. Don’t compromise,”</i> Debbie Millman advised in her magnificent meditation on what it takes to design a good life. But how does one resist compromising one’s creative ideals when straining to meet the practical essentials of …

Vincent van Gogh on Art and the Power of Love in Letters to His Brother

<i>“You can only go with loves in this life,”</i> Ray Bradbury memorably proclaimed. Whether love be bewitching or tormenting, whether pondered by the poets or scrutinized by the scientists, one thing is for certain — it is art’s most powerful and enduring muse, fuel for the creative process more potent …

Letters to a Young Artist: Anna Deavere Smith on Confidence and What Self-Esteem Really Means

<i>“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs,”</i> Joan Didion wrote in her timeless meditation on self-respect. But how can character be cultivated in such a way as to foster that prized form of personal dignity, along with …

The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are

During the 1950s and 1960s, British philosopher and writer <b>Alan Watts</b> began popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, offering a wholly different perspective on inner wholeness in the age of anxiety and what it really means to live a life of purpose. We owe much of today’s mainstream adoption of …