The Art of Noticing

Rob Walker
Ideas, inspiration, and prompts for creativity, work, and staying human. From author Rob Walker.
Created 28 Jul 2019
  • Curious Acts, for People Like You
    06 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 37 23
    This past weekend I spent some time with the recent book Creative Acts for Curious People, from Stanford executive director Sarah Stein Greenberg. I thought I’d share some thoughts about it —...
  • The Power(s) of Paying Attention
    02 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 1
    Aimee Mann is all over the place lately. But tha’s fine, because she’s an interesting interviewee. And in particular, I want to single out something she addressed in the regular Bullseye segment, “The...
  • Your World Is Your Museum
    29 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 52 13
    The “make it art” game that TAoN has riffed on (in the book, as well as this post and this one and this one) took an expected turn recently. Friend of TAoN Austin Kleon, having previously declared a c...
  • My New Favorite Holiday
    25 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 4
    I just realized that my favorite holiday is the day after Thanksgiving. That’s a distinctly overlooked day; nobody really talks about it, it has no particular meaning, let alone a name that I’m aware ...
  • Your Own Backyard
    22 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 50 8
    I got a great note the other day from Lisa Germany, a photographer, telling me about a group photo exhibition she had sparked and directed, in Nuuk, Greenland. She mentioned the exhibition was partly ...
  • Make It Art, a Sequel to the Sequel
    19 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 8 0
    I had a different subject planned for today, but I’m going to push that to next time. The responses to this past Monday’s TAoN were particularly terrific, and I wanted to share a few of those with you...
  • Make It Art (the Sequel)
    15 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 60 23
    More than five years ago now, while walking the dog, I noticed a plastic, silver-colored letter A on the ground. For no specific reason, I picked it up stuck it over a nail protruding from a nearby ph...
  • Sparks' Way
    14 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 15
    Sorry this week’s subscriber edition is so late! Partly I was bogged down in something else, and partly I didn’t leave myself enough time to think through what I wanted to say. Excuses excuses! Here g...
  • "Rewilding," analog-style
    09 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 47 11
    Programming note: I took last week off, to deal with some other matters. It was an impromptu decision, and it seemed silly to send out a note saying I wouldn’t be sending out a note. Anyway, back to r...
  • Talking in Pictures
    28 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 0
    As some of you know, I have a longstanding interest in the work world. For years, I wrote a workplace advice column. And more recently, the pandemic era has caused what feels like a real reckoning wit...
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