Clarity First Newsletter, November 25, 2016

neilvalente-2It’s Friday. It’s been a tough couple of weeks here in the U.S.. But, it’s a long weekend. So, today we’re thinking more about relaxing and learning for fun than we are about our usual beat of organizational health and fitness. Happy holiday.


Article: 11 Art-Related Movies and Shows to Watch on Netflix Instant


Article: Art for the Holidays: A New York Visitors’ Guide

Couple recreate famous movies scenes with their cats.

Instagram Feed: Moviecats

“Scenius” is the genius that arises from social relationships.

The tradition of artists banding together is alive and well today.
Article: Art Co-ops and the Power of Mobilizing Collaboration for Creativity

Books have endured many technical revolutions, and are in the best position to survive this one.

In order to make sense of change, one of the strategies homo sapiens employ is the use of narrative patterns that are available and familiar, such as narratives of death and endings. But the narrative of the death of the book is misplaced.
Article: The myth of the disappearing book


“Any question becomes unanswerable if we do not permit ourselves a universe large enough to deal with the question.”

– Robert Rosen

(Thanks to Jan Höglund  – @janhoglund)


How we think about who we are – our feelings, our experiences – shapes not only how we relate to the world but also our definition of consciousness.

Dialog with philosopher, psychologist, and robotics engineer Riccardo Manicotti.
Interview: The Challenge of Consciousness

“Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.”

Article: Kindness Over Fear: Naomi Shihab Nye Tells the Remarkable Real-Life Story That Inspired Her Beloved Poem “Kindness”


Sharon Jones died a week ago today, at the tender age of 60. Channeling James Brown, Tina Turner, Otis Redding and the Stax and Mowtown catalogs, she defied the record industry gatekeepers who labeled her “too short, too fat, too black and too old”. This week Terry Gross rebroadcast two interviews with her. Here she is with her band the Dap-Kings live at SXSW. Thank you, Sharon. Rest in peace. (Photo by Tyson White.)

Images of the week

The photos in the headers and above are clipped from a series that designer Nei Valence shot of New York City newsstands at night. Remember when newsstands sold magazines and newspapers?

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