In the Atelier, our creativity podcast, brings you artfully produced installments about the life of
the imagination, the highs and lows of making art, and the value and valor of staying true to your own creative vision.
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Atelier Visit: Filmmaker & Pixar Writer Jason Headley
Mentioned in this episode: purposeful emptiness; letting the story be the distraction; West Virginia; Green Bay Packers; yard sales in San Francisco; an old man and his microwave; not adorning the inoperative; Pixar's "Onward"; cake then icing; getting the reason right; getting down in the rhubarb; perspective versus intention; weirdly angled notions; keeping it simple; Headley's film "A Bad Idea Gone Wrong"; more...
Atelier Visit: Writer Woody Skinner
Mentioned in this episode: Chalkware cowboys; 1950s beer cans; mid-century masculinity; Skinner's short story "The Knife Salesman"; crust punks; scones; the virtues of boredom.
Art As War and Heresy
Two books to console and inspire creative people.
Atelier Visit: Writer Harriet Scott Chessman
Mentioned in this episode: A room of one's own; woodland vistas; haiku; writing librettos; The Tempest; justice; the writer's connection to -- and contribution to -- the world.
Watch Out for Wisdom
In matters of art, wisdom is rarely conventional.
Atelier Visit: Writer Amy Lee Lillard
Mentioned in this episode: old houses; bats; feral cats; rainbow fire; Sleater Kinney; profane cross-stitch; owning your creative identity.
John Keats on why the world is a "Vale of Soul-Making."
What Resists Us Helps Us
Imposed limitations can galvanize the imagination. So here's to salutary antagonisms!
Art Awakens Us
Thoughts about an inspiring film that will awaken you to your own senses.
The Attempt Is All
Success and failure are never cut and dried.
Working Without Working
What really takes discipline? Not working.
Surrendering to Process
Artist Andy Goldsworthy strives to know and understand stone. And that's no straightforward task.
Opportunity & Inspiration
What do you do if you're a young writer and you receive an invitation from National Book Award winner Denis Johnson, author of Jesus' Son? (Hint: don't panic.)
"In the Absence of Yes" (complete episode)
Thoughts on a subject all too familiar to every writer: rejection.