Salads & life

How making a salad teaches me about making more interesting creations - and life.

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Dylan Moran: on Writing Comedy

Dylan Moran, writing comedy

"I don't analyse it too much, otherwise I'd freeze up and fall over, like a fridge". Interviewed at the Edinburgh Festival, on BBC Radio 5 Live, this is sparkling, fascinating, honest talk on political power, the world, the universe and writing comedy. The interviewer, Nihal Arthanayake, talks to him about how he goes about writing …

Making art from a wheelchair

Chuck Close, in conversation,  describes his working process.  His interviewer is a particularly excellent interviewer and art commentator (and Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts) - the knowledgeable and always watchable Tim Marlow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWLC_lghh2s Chuck is known for his immense scale portraits, his work has sold internationally for decades.  Mid-career, he suffered a sudden catastrophic …

“Weather the Storm” Short Musical Animation

"Weather the Storm" by Trunk & Radish Pictures is just exquisite animation short set to  a song, examining a difficult time - in this case, bereavement, in under 5 minutes.  Unsurprisingly, it won an award in the 2016 British Animation Awards. https://vimeo.com/161580806?from=outro-embed I heard the most wonderful quote recently from a TV presenter, Sandi Toksvig, …

Calming words

Writer Anne Lamott before her 61st birthday sat down and wrote all the truths she absolutely knew.  They include the importance of radical self-care https://www.ted.com/talks/anne_lamott_12_truths_i_learned_from_life_and_writing?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tedspread#t-355195 "Being full of affection for one's goofy, self-centred, cranky, annoying self is home; it's where world peace begins." "Every writer you know writes really terrible first drafts - but they …