Dear Artists: We Need You Now More Than Ever

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The world is getting more confusing. Eric Shapiro reminds us why we need you.

Finding Your Voice

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Leo Babauta gives great advice to up and coming artists. Find your voice, and shout.

My Dad Taught Me to Love Me

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My Dad doesn’t shy away from the parts of me that aren’t bright and fluffy. He respects me for who I am even if he doesn’t always agree with me. He wants to get to know all of me.

Farrow’s Tweet: A Discussion of Art and the Morality of the Artist

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The history of art is full of reprehensible behavior. Should that matter?

Dad, Can I Have Another Sandwich?

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JJ Vincent went back for more of David Laferriere’s sandwich bags, and found more than he expected.

One Month of Thankfulness: Bad Album Covers

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The joy of the so bad it’s good album cover.

Men Who Craft: In a Gifting Emergency, They Can Be Your Best Friend

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When JJ Vincent is knitting, the answer to the question “are you holding that for your wife” is a resounding “no”.

The Social Impact of Argument Art

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A call for all artists to embrace the philosophy of bare knuckle warrior poetics.

Unnatural Desert: The End of Arts-in-Corrections

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Spoon Jackson gives a glimpse into daily prison life and asks, “How can we heal without the arts?”

“When internationally acclaimed artists can’t teach because they don’t have an MFA, what does that say about the state of education?”

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This is a comment by Cameron Conaway on the post “The Wayward Crutch of Higher Education”.

Open Thread: How Well Do You Separate Art and Artist?

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You love the work; you hate the person who made it. How do you navigate that?

Rosanne Cash Performs at Folsom State Prison

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Forty years after the late musician Johnny Cash performed “Folsom Blues” in the Folsom Prison Library, his daughter returns and meets GMP poet Spoon Jackson.

Open Thread: Can You Name More Than Two Modern Astronauts, Painters, Inventors, or Scientists?

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Do we value celebrities and playboys more than poets, scientists, and inventors?

About My Sentence

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Spoon Jackson, who has served 34 years of a life sentence in prison, faces the reality of his fate.

Never Stop Living

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Does self-image ultimately determine how the body will perform?

What We Loved in 2012 According to Facebook

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Top trends in 2012 according to our favorite social network