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In Part 2 of our OnCreativity interview with design legend Milton Glaser we discuss being in design as a profession, what is inspiring, and what it means to be a “creative” person. With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores the nature of creativity and how it works via informal interviews with designers,

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I am struggling with a rare bout of procrastination and I hate it. My refusal to procrastinate is honestly one of my only skills as a scholar and I live in fear of losing it. But right now I just don’t feel the inspiration that usually drives me into hunching over my computer for hours. […]

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  Hard to believe, but I’ve now known Rebeca for nearly twenty years. Back in 1998 we asked her to design a cover for Plazm magazine. That was issue #19. We printed a series of postcards with her work to promote the issue, and she contributed a piece to the 1999 Plazm on Video VHS […]

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Well! What an age we live in! And by that I mean…MIDDLE AGE! “Middle age” is such a funny way to talk about being forty because it’s also the term employed to denote the shitty dark plague-ridden period before the light of the Renaissance dawned, a time when almost everyone died in anguish and history […]

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Packaging Designer and educator Chav Ben-Amos talks with OnCreativity about the creative process, problem solving, and artistic style. Born in Prague in 1930, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz in World War II. She survived the Holocaust, emigrated to Palestine and fought in the war for Israel’s independence. She

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Today near eventime I did lead the girl who has no seeing a little way into the forest where it was darkness and shadows where. I led her toward a shadow that was coming our way. It did touch her cheeks with its velvety fingers. And now she too does have likings for shadows. And […]

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Does it not seem to be the most satisfying texture to see and touch, that which is at first glance smooth but at second glance seemingly informed by bumps and gaps and notches from an underneath place? When the velveteen surface of the Above is shaped and molded from the Below, by influences which may […]

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We went to a Ren Faire. I can’t believe I’d never gone to one before! It seems vaguely up my alley, as I am extremely interested in medieval and renaissance european history, although I have always been uncomfortable with role playing. They had a forest trail (confusingly named Sherwood Enchanted Forest, so I was unclea

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Glass blower Michael Davis talks with OnCreativity about the creative process, uncertainty, and being present. With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores the nature of creativity and how it works via informal interviews with designers, artists, musicians, animators, and educators. Like creativity itself, their diffe

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I spent $20 on a replica of a coffee cup from the Titanic and I am so pleased by this expenditure and would do it again. It’s a very subtly oddly shaped cup made of thick white ceramic, and it has the heroic WHITE STAR LINE logo on one side in red. A gentleman’s cup […]

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I see my strangled tiny blonde heathen in you and I want to sit next to it and look at it in the face I want to drink too much and be bad and start fires and throw heavy things against fragile things When I was little I used to scare people and get yelled at […]

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On Creativity sits down with legendary animator and award-winning filmmaker Bill Plympton, as he discusses the creative process, having the mind of a child and drawing for 12 hours a day. Bill Plympton was nominated for an academy award for his animated short “Your Face.” His work has appeared in the New York Ti

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Can a graphic symbol help facilitate more compassion, empathy, and understanding in the world? I drew this on a napkin quite accidentally a few years ago and have been thinking about it for some time. My grandparents survived the Holocaust in Europe, raised Jewish, I have an understanding of persecution. It seemed like th

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In an uncharacteristic move, I just ate lunch. I had a nice crunchy vegetable roll at the sushi place in the big dining commons. Even more uncharacteristically, after eating the delicious sushi I thought “who cares” and went to the bakery and got a delicious little fruit tart thingy. I would honestly eat another

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OnCreativity visits with visual artist Ann Hamilton on location at her massive installation’ the event of a thread’, to discuss flexibility, trust, and risk taking. With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores the nature of creativity and how it works via informal interviews with designers, artists, musici

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When you get caught between the moon and New York City! -Christopher Cross I have been up here, way up high, or rather way up mid, as the locals correct me, state, mid-state NY, moved here in January from my long-hallowed moon of Marfa, Texie. It has been four months exactly today that I have been […]

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We all have the ability to create. But what is creativity? How does it work? With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores these and other questions via informal interviews with designers, artists, musicians, animators, and educators. Like creativity itself, their differing points of view inspire, provoke, confuse, and

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Well I’m back in that bar (the one with Jesse’s fucked up playlist), waiting once again for my husband to attend some goddamn film screening, one that will surely have a Q&A that goes on and on and on and that he won’t leave early because he’s so polite. I have learned a lot about […]

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You know what else is great about my job? The fact that teaching actually teaches people stuff. It’s incredible! We’re at Day 15 in my pop music class and the students, who began the semester with basically zero knowledge of specific styles and cultural histories, are now hearing stuff and confidently being all

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I am sitting alone at a bar in the town adjacent to the giant school where I teach. The bar is filled with students. It is 8:15 p.m. on a Wednesday night. The bar is playing an odd mix of music I can’t quite nail down. Lorde, “Africa” by Toto, Postal Service, Depeche Mode, a […]

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My husband has gotten really into bird watching since he dropped out of his PhD program. In many ways once he dropped out he became again the man I fell in love with, the goofy ding dong singing and dancing in the kitchen, pulling pranks, identifying interests and pursuing them, all the things that, for […]

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Hudson, NY I am your newest participant, having only last week slipped through the high desert grasp of your brother town, Marfa, TX. Maybe there will be more female energy here? I still love you Marfa, you are 100% male all the way down to your man lava innards but I do still love you, the […]

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OHHHHH SHIT Tl;dr: Passengers is bad This movie has such a great concept, yet I think never have I seen a work of art so stunningly betray the promise of its premise. You’d have to work so incredibly hard to make sure that every single interesting aspect of your premise was carefully not explored in […]

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Twenty years ago, in Plazm issue #9, we invited the Guerrilla Girls to do the inside front cover. They provided this nifty educational ad about Newt Gingrich. Back then Newt was Speaker of the House in the mid 1990s. When he was elected he came up with the slick marketing term “Contract with America.” In […]

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I’ve gotten good feedback from some of you regarding the reading list I posted. Thank you!!! Mary points out that most of the books I listed are published on academic presses, which means they are probably not going to turn up at your local bookstore (unless your local bookstore is a really good one in […]

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A Portland author wrote a YA dystopian novel where the protagonist is “too busy saving the world to worry about her love life.” Interface on Amazon.

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I finally got a chance to see Gimme Danger—the Stooges documentary by Jim Jarmusch. I can’t specifically recall the first time I heard the Stooges. I came of age on the punk rock that was inspired by them. But somehow it seems like they havw always been in my subconscious—a kind of visceral, kinetic energy waitin

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Since Alexander Hamilton didn’t have access to email, I went ahead and sent this letter to all the electors via this site: Ask The Electors. Also submitted it to the Electoral College Petition folks.

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Re: Meg’s comment—definitely ask me questions about those readings, if you want! I’m not exactly an expert, but I have been reading and working with these (and other similar) texts for several years and I’ll likely have at least some thoughts to respond with, and maybe other readers will too. If I have an answer, [&

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I feel like my last post was kind of a cop out. I definitely have a lot of thoughts about the election and our current moment, but it feels a bit like a minefield right now, with everyone so raw. It feels like after 9/11 when I was all “U.S. FOREIGN POLICY BROUGHT THIS UPON […]

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