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Bridging The Gap Between Taste And Creative Skill

A two-minute video by Daniel Sax featuring a brief clip from Ira Glass about the way to bridge the gap between how you good you want to be and how good you actually are as a creative.

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The Art Of Calvin And Hobbes

A short video appreciation of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes.
It is a body of work that remains, and must be appreciated, as a comic strip; never adapted into other media, and having been the sole work of creator Bill Watterson from first strip until the last.
It was a surprise to hear John Calvin described as having a “broad imagination, an appreciation for art, and a disdain for authority”.

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Absurdity Instead Of Order: The World Of Wile E. Coyote

A very long essay on what makes Road Runner cartoons funny with some observations about life in general.
Late in life creator Chuck Jones composed what were purported to be the rules that the cartoons followed.
Articles such as this one I linked to a few years ago explain.
The article examines how closely the cartoons actually reflected these rules, and what Jones’ attempt to codify his own creativity suggests.
If you loved Road Runner, and secretly was hoping Wile E. Coyote would win, there are lots of remembrances of classic pieces from the series. (and a little bit of language)
If you’re too young to remember who Wile E. Coyote is then you had a seriously deprived childhood, and I feel sorry for you.
Read the article here.