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High Definition (II)

Writing helps us read better: to better appreciate the narrative in a book, the dialogue in a film. Painting gives us a better understanding of the use of color; photography, of scene-setting in cinematography. Interviewing helps us better understand the art of dialogue, and to appreciate the verbal jujitsu that the best interviewers exhibit in […]

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Failing in Public

A lot of people don’t want to show off their work. They say that it’s not good enough to be seen by others. This is false humility – what they have is not respect for the spectator’s time. It’s fear. Fear of being criticized (and rightly so). Fear of exposing their imperfections. Fear of being […]

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Videogames

Gateway

It is very difficult to persuade people to try video games because entry into the world requires a lot more effort and expense than other types of art / entertainment. You can cultivate interest in movies by watching the classics on cable TV before making the decision to invest in a Blu-Ray player and home […]

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Collaboration Kills Creativity

Work is always better when someone does it alone. Even when it’s bad. The world is full of things made by committee. It’s because it’s efficient. I see this when I coordinate teams – of video game players, of writers, of marketers. When everyone gives their opinion on a project, the project is completed with […]

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Gratitude

Part of what’s fun about of writing these daily essays is finding the right picture to publish alongside. In a world of Facebook and Twitter and Instagram posts, of 24-hour news channels, it’s easy to forget that with a simple online search, we can look at hundreds of classic paintings. Thirty years ago, these works […]