MUCH LOVED Photographer Marc Nixon made a series of portraits of teddy bears and other stuffed animals along with their age, size and history. Some were very much loved :-)
These photos come from a book, “Much Loved” l Imprint : Abrams Image l Via
PS. It’s Friday!
True story: My childhood teddy bear has a burn over his eye due to rolling against a night light. That probably shouldn’t have ended as well as it did.
What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me … is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.
But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.
It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
YOU GUYS!! It’s ALIVE! The NPR Book Concierge is at your service — see what we’ve been working on the past few months, and more importantly, see our favorite books of 2013 in a fantastic new clickable searchable playable-with format.
(If you really, REALLY miss our lists, here’s why we decided to do something a little different this year)
Several of NPR’s best books of 2013 were featured as interviews or reviews (By Maureen Corrigan) on Fresh Air. To name a few:
- Scott Anderson, the author of Lawrence In Arabia
- Jesmyn Ward, the author of Men We Reaped
- Review of The Book of Ages
- Chimamanda Adichie, the author of Americanah
- John Bradshaw, the author of Cat Sense
- A. Scott Berg, the author of Wilson
- Allie Brosh, the author/artist of Hyperbole and a Half
- Review of Someone
- Review of The Goldfinch
- Review of Miss Anne in Harlem
- Review of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P
- Review of The Infatuations
- Review of The Lowland
This is so pretty.
Favorite Donna Moss quotes, part 1
(This is how I feel everytime I go into a Sephora/Ulta.)
"I looked down at my little bag and saw the $60 worth of hair products that I knew would not magically give me curly, voluminous hair, and was tempted to place the whole thing down on the ground and run out. I was really feeling faint by then. But what if someone saw me? The place was crawling with employees who had nothing else to do but ask if you needed help. I would be caught. So I persevered."