The Art of Noticing

Rob Walker
Ideas, inspiration, and prompts for creativity, work, and staying human. From author Rob Walker.
Created 28 Jul 2019
  • Heard Behavior
    27 Sep 2021about 24 hours ago • 5 min read • 22 4
    “Waveform Necklace,” by matthew venn on Flickr; some rights reserved Over on Brainpickings the other day, Maria Popova shared some thinking from composer Aaron Copland on the subject of “gifted” liste...
  • Watch Yourself
    23 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    ajijchan / Getty Image Last week I wrote about the personal manifestos I make my students write — an exercise that is partly about introspection and self-awareness. (Ultimately I want them to “care ab...
  • Look Twice
    20 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 21 4
    When the pandemic forced a wave of lockdowns last year, photographer Wesley Verhoeve had to change his plans, just as many of us did. Instead of traveling to various big cities around the world, he’d ...
  • TAoN Quarterly Report
    19 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 11
    This weekend installment for paid subscribers is really only for those who have an interest in some behind-the-scenes notes on how the whole paid-tier experiment & expansion of TAoN is going. If you d...
  • Against the Mission Statement
    16 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 4
    DragonTiger / Getty Image Jill Lepore, one of my favorite contemporary writers, recently assessed a new book about Facebook for The New Yorker, and early in the essay paused to skewer the company’s mi...
  • Be A (Re)Visitor
    13 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 73 28
    Continued thanks for Ida-related check-ins! We are back in New Orleans with power and Internet. Things here aren’t “normal” quite yet — but were they ever? Anyway, I hope all is well and good where yo...
  • Invent a Ritual
    09 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 2
    Image by Anita Anand, via Getty This week my Summer School series comes to an end — on a far different note than it began! The original idea was pretty much “how to adjust to the return of normalcy.” ...
  • Listen To Your Listening
    06 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 59 4
    Hello and welcome. New readers: You have joined at an unusual time, as the newsletter has been somewhat disrupted by Ida. (More here, and in the programming notes below.) I’m getting back on track but...
  • Checking In
    01 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 83 18
    I’m several days late with this TAoN installment, and it is going to be a short one, written quickly (sorry if that shows). Here’s the deal. As I occasionally mention in the newsletter, I live in New ...
  • Savor-y Flavor
    26 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 3
    Tetiana Garkusha / Getty image As I have acknowledged, the mission of this Summer School series has shifted since the emergence of the delta variant radically revised what looked like a unique transit...
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