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Story: I Must Do the Work That I Am Best Suited For.

This week’s video story: I must do the work that I am best suited for. As I mention, that story appears in Edward Weston’s Daybooks. I can’t resist adding a bit of what he wrote about photographing peppers: “It is a classic, completely satisfying,–a pepper—but more than a pepper: abstract, in that it is completely outside subject matter. It has …


“The Anguish and Tragedy He Had to Overcome to Manage to Capture That Light…”

“If people knew what Matisse, supposedly the painter of happiness, had gone through, the anguish and tragedy he had to overcome to manage to capture that light which has never left him, if people knew all that, they would also realize that this happiness, this light, this dispassionate wisdom which seems to be mine, are sometimes well-deserved, given the severity …


How One Quick Click Could Inspire You to Change Your Life.

I recently ran across a reference to the internet site DeathClock.com. I clicked over to it, and entered a few simple facts about myself—birthday, gender, temperament, BMI, smoker/non-smoker—and the site spat out a projected death date that was quite startling in its specificity: Saturday, February 25, 2045. (It also provided a countdown clock that showed the seconds of my life …


I Love Lists. Such as This List about What Gives Objects “Life.”

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day. This Wednesday: Do you agree with these 15 fundamental properties of “life” in objects? In The Phenomenon of Life, vol. 1: The Nature of Order, Christopher Alexander asks, “Can we find any recurrent geometrical structural features whose presence in things correlates with their degree of life?” He identifies fifteen features that appear …


“You Increase Your Self-Respect When You Feel You’ve Done Everything You Ought To Have Done.”

“You increase your self-respect when you feel you’ve done everything you ought to have done, and if there is nothing else to enjoy, there remains that chief of pleasures, the feeling of being pleased with oneself. A man gets an immense amount of satisfaction from the knowledge of having done good work and of having made the best use of …