January 9, 2010 |
Janet Jackson's fast-tempo track "If" blared over speakers as a handful of sweaty dancers moved in unison, their faces focused as they strained their legs to mimic the intricate moves of their instructor. Then the music stopped. "You feeling the flexibility? You feeling the stretching? You want to feel it here," the instructor said, standing in front of a massive mirror, motioning toward her upper thigh -- her leg extended perfectly straight in front of her. Inside the brightly lighted theater that doubles as a studio in the arts district, these dancers are mostly teenagers.
August 11, 1985
"Creativity Must Regain Its Tarnished Credibility," by Dick Turpin (Aug. 4), is an analysis which could well be applicable to a wide range of areas and activities, even though instances in the field of finance are cited, of course. I am particularly impressed with the way in which Mr. Turpin shows how the loss of creativity leads to its downfall, and how its credibility might be regained for the very survival of the affected industry. SHERRY TERZIAN Los Angeles
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")
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.
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.