Jessica Helfand on Brevity
The premiere episode of our new podcast series: Insights Per Minute. Just as certain ideas fit into an essay and others are more suited to a tweet, we believe that 60 seconds of a singular voice is a powerful format for new, uncluttered insight.
Our Shopping Lists, Our Selves
Lists are the practical roadmaps by which we quantify our obligations. They're scorecards for accomplishment, spreadsheets for success. At once truncated and annotated, they urge us to consider hierarchy and value, want and need. Lists embrace both duty (what we’re meant
to do) and aspiration (what we yearn
to do), thereby perpetuating the enduring illusion that maybe we’re actually making progress.
Ezra Winter Project: Chapter Twelve
1939. John Steinbeck publishes “The Grapes of Wrath”. MGM releases “The Wizard of Oz”. Germany invades Poland. Ezra Winter, feverishly hard at work in his mountaintop studio, steeps himself in the Fourteenth Century, where he contemplates Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.