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Any Child Can Poke Holes in a Balloon

It doesn’t take much to be the guy in the room who says no to everything. It’s not hard work to identify the general excitement behind a new idea or the momentum of a new direction and call out all the possible ways it could fail. Anybody can do that. Any three year old kid with...

Any Child Can Poke Holes in a Balloonajleon

The Myth of Competiton

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Sir Cecil Beaton With respect to competition, the world is neatly divided into two camps. Those who make stuff happen (the Makers), and those who emulate those who...

The Myth of Competitonajleon

The System is Trying to Silence You

Not overtly, of course. It's much more cunning than that. It makes us feel as though we have entered a time when the ability to make things, to create and amplify our art, to do work that matters is easier than ever before. And of course we have. The great irony, however, is the fact...

The System is Trying to Silence Youajleon

Altering Reality

And as the moonlight buttered the midnight clouds on that lonely winter night, the old man awaited the rolling thunder. Standing at the gate of the undiscovered country. He knew he should have kept moving forward, but for no reason and for every reason in the world, he turned and gazed as far back...

Altering Realityajleon

Two Things You’ll Never Learn

Failure Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. C.S. Lewis There is a lot of "business speak" out there about this, but it is the truth. Nothing in life will prepare you for success like failure. The cycle goes something like this: Plan. Prep. Launch. Re-work. Repeat. The more experienced the artist,...

Two Things You’ll Never Learnajleon

Let It Go

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo Emerson You...

Let It Goajleon

A Kinetic Art Project in Fargo: the First Misfit Conf

I've never felt more exposed in all of my life. Henry V was the very last play I ever produced before the world convinced me that I had to grow up and get a real job. I remember that season well. I remember every line, every scene change. I remember the staging, the placement of...

A Kinetic Art Project in Fargo: the First Misfit Confajleon

The Glory of a Life That Could Have Been

One of the most cunning and deceitful characters in all of Greek Mythology was Sisyphus, the first king of Corinth. His body of work consisted of deceiving Tyros, Thanatos, Ares, Persephone, Hades and eventually Zeus … which, as you can imagine, wasn't the smartest move. As Zeus began to manufacture what eternal punishment may befit...

The Glory of a Life That Could Have Beenajleon

Building a Windmill in Africa

Five years ago when I evacuated my unremarkably average life as an unhappy banker, I promised myself that I wouldn't wait. That I wouldn't wait to live a life of adventure or to try things that terrified me or to begin new stories with uncertain endings. And I also promised myself that I wouldn't wait...

Building a Windmill in Africaajleon

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day

Those were the first five words I spoke to the love of my life on the fourth of January in 2008. What followed was the only type of poetry I have ever written. A young and inarticulate man's attempt to excavate the virtue of the only Love he has ever known. To a woman who's vicinity...

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Dayajleon

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