January 5, 2002
It never ceases to amaze me how music critics and reporters seem to attach such significance to quantity of sales and staggering monetary figures of "artists" while completely overlooking artistic integrity and creativity. A prime example is the 'N Sync worship exhibited in the Calendar section on Dec. 29 ("Encore for 'N Sync," by Geoff Boucher). What about the movers and shakers of 2001 who refused to sell out--artists like Cake, who put out a groundbreaking video ("Short Skirt/Long Jacket")
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1991
Regarding "Residents Ready to Fight Over Graffiti" in the Nov. 24 Metro Valley section, I think Nodal is correct in wanting to decriminalize graffiti. After all, it would be insensitive to suppress a young person's freedom of expression on the side of someone's home. I'm sure it goes without saying that any property owner who is caught defacing this "art" by trying to cover it up would be subject to a stiff fine. But why stop with graffiti? Home burglaries and car thefts should be decriminalized too. Can you imagine the initiative and creativity that go into overcoming the increasingly sophisticated security systems out there?
August 23, 1992
I would like to thank Carolyn See for "The View From a Bridge" (Guest Bites Town, July 26). New perspectives are essential to the creative process. Viewing life from one vantage point is monotonous and stifling. As a child, I would lie on my back, on my bed, head hanging backward toward the floor. I'd look up and mentally "walk around" on the ceiling, re-creating my idea of what a room was supposed to look like. I admire Eugene Ahn and others like him who, for the purpose of societal problem-solving or simply refreshing individual awareness, embrace the hitchhiking Voice of Fear on their way up the bridge--to show us what is possible.
March 1, 1987 |
Degrees aren't granted in creativity, Mark Johnstone's subject of choice, so he opted for photography. It wasn't a whimsical decision. Johnstone was already an experienced photographer and teacher in 1977 when he packed all his belongings in a U-Haul trailer and left Colorado for California. Nor was photography a constricting choice.
October 4, 1999 |
It seems it's no longer enough for a toy to be fun--now it must be intellectually stimulating. Toy smart.com, the Waltham, Mass.-based online retailer that focuses on educational toys, will emphasize in a $21-million marketing campaign to be unveiled today that toys inspire creative thinking in children.
May 26, 1992 |
I have broken a rule. I know this. But I go ahead and ask, "Oh, sweetheart, what's this ?" She has come, The Artist, with a piece of construction paper in hand. On such is her rendering of, uh . . . of. . . a . . . um . . . . Anyway, I have seen many, many such pieces of construction paper in my daughter's hand. This particular one is orange, and a rather garish hue at that, but then again, who am I to question another's creative choice?
June 7, 2001
Regarding "Dickinson May Have Had Bipolar Traits" (May 16): John F. McDermott speculates that Emily Dickinson (arguably America's greatest poet) "had a bipolar trait" and that "along with that came a new kind of thinking." To consider such a thing, one would have to pre-assume that creativity and imagination are the result of some other cause. They are not. It is possible to create something that is pure imagination just as it is possible to be kind and honest for no reason other than kindness and honesty.
February 3, 1985 |
Few achievements of human sweat are so difficult or so satisfying as creating something new--an insight, a melody, a turn of phrase that has never occurred to another soul in the history of the planet. Psychologists poke into those moments of clear vision, so elusive and unpredictable, when fresh ideas are born, and they analyze the people who are blessed with a talent for bringing them to life.
November 9, 1996
Re: Brian Lowry's "What's the Real Price of Rising TV Deals?" (Calendar, Nov. 2). At my first story meeting with Norman Lear, he told me his secret was that he surrounded himself with really bright, creative people. His philosophy was/is that the situation and writing must be there first or you've got nothing . . . something so simple that it's clearly lost on today's TV execs who, like lemmings, are all dashing for the ratings cliffs and jagged rocks below as fast as possible. Here are the top network execs, all complaining about the skyrocketing costs of shows and the diminishing creativity that results . . . and not one of these spineless creatures offers to stop the madness by simply stating that his/her network will in the future dedicate more time and money to the development of solid, well-rounded situations instead of buying up talent who will certainly end up rich but more than likely embarrassed by the experience.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1994 |
Derrick Tan waved a white plastic straw over pieces of cereal and sawdust, watching closely to see if any of the items moved. It wasn't a magic trick, but Tan's expression revealed a touch of wonderment. "Hey, it worked," Tan said, as bits of cereal clung to the straw. The straw-waving exercise, which demonstrated the power of static electricity, was one of several conducted by students participating in a summer enrichment program at Golden Elementary School.