– Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity: creative ventures and what it will do to our mental health, where the fear comes from? Not comfortable with the idea of art leading to anguish, suicide, torture, self-deprecating acts. How to cultivate positive creativity, distance art from anxiety to create. Starting with ancient Greece, divine attendant spirit that creativity was speaking wisdom to humans. Rome called them a genius, a magical divine entity that live in walls in the artist’s studio. Pressure of then BEING a genius has killed a few. Utter maddening capriciousness of the creative process, is often irrational, paranormal. Amen. But, internalized tormenting conversation with an external genius does not have to be. Ole to you nonetheless, keep showing up.
– Bourdain curing puppets
– OMG my astrology this week is priceless: AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “We cannot change anything until we accept it,” said psychologist Carl Jung. “Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” Make that your hypothesis, Aquarius, and then conduct the following experiment. First, choose some situation you would like to transform. Next, open your heart to it with all the love and compassion you can muster. Go beyond merely tolerating it with a resigned disappointment. Work your way into a frame of mind in which you completely understand and sympathize with why it is the way it is. Imagine a scenario in which you could live your life with equanimity if the situation in question never changed. Finally, awash in this grace, meditate on how you might be able to actually help it evolve into something new.
– Oly interviews photographer and creator of the HBO series The Black List Project, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. If I were to start taking portraits and interviewed powerful Asian Americans, I doubt it would be half as powerful or recognized. Asians tend to shy away from the lime-light and are just a little too difficult to differentiate one from the other. However, I have been thinking about creating a radio show similar to This American Life, called This Immigrant Life. You can only imagine what it’d be like.
– Just discovered Daytrotter, a website that uploads a recording session by traveling bands every single day accompanied by songs performed in the Daytrotter studio, illustration of the bands and thoughtful, personal, romantic descriptions of the music you will hear. This one with Balmorhea, a band I just discovered a couple months ago is pretty euphoric. Bon Iver is stupendous as well.
– How to reduce stress and restore energy. 70% of stress is nutritional.
– Bake Sales regulation OK vending machines and prohibit anything humanmade. “So, to review: Additive-filled, highly-processed vending machine effluence = good. Homemade, chemically-unadulterated zucchini bread = bad.”
– Adobe Photoshop Cook
– YAY! Laura and Ben open their ice cream shop in Greenpoint this Saturday.
– Meet Jim. He’s hosted dinner for 130,000 so far. When people consume After Eight there’s no telling when they will leave. Thank you sarah.
– On dating. “Maybe it’s that in our society, crazy has become sexy. In a weird way, I sort of liked the bitchy vixen I became when I let my emotions get the best of me.” Amen.
– Liza’s new episode on Food Curated: All about ducks with Savoy.
– Dear Lady Gaga: “look beyond the starfuckers in the crowd.”
– Baohaus sounds like a place I need to get to asap. More interestingly, the chef’s blog is a great read, a character he is. “New York Times writing about this blog undoubtedly obscures things because in the context of the dining section: my blog, my quotes, and myself get watered down. This is a very raw, unedited, personal blog. When you try to take it out of its context and put it in line with some other blogs/tweets to point out a cultural movement, its going to get modified to fit the article’s objective. And when you look at me through the lens you usually see “chefs” through, I’m going to disappoint you. My favorite chef is Raekwon. Please don’t try to put me in a box that you put other chefs in, I don’t fit. The titties are too big.”
– Everyone eats, but that doesn’t mean you’re a restaurant critic, douchebag.