The Joy Menu

Joey Rubin
good things come to those who create (a weekly pep talk for creatives and creators)
Created 30 Aug 2020
  • The Joy Menu #53: Cry
    25 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    Dear Creators, From bed, I call for my father. “Ala, Ala,” I say. A version of Alan that fits in my pre-lingual mouth. Before I form words — this sound. A primal reach into the void, a calling forth, ...
  • The Joy Menu #52: Check
    18 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Dear Creators, My father’s father — my grandfather Jack — died of heart disease when I was 13. My father was 45 at the time. He flew to Belgium for the very end, and when he returned he was in a cloud...
  • The Joy Menu #51: Drop
    10 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 6 0
    Dear Creators, In the dark of the morning, I wake and sleep and wake again. I roll from side to side, drift into and out of rest. I check my phone: 4:04am. “Is it scary?” I ask my father. “Scary? Not ...
  • The Joy Menu #50: Shreds
    03 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    Actually, that’s a pretty catchy title: “70 Days Behind Bars.” Because 70 days isn’t a lot, but you can pack a lot into it. There was a lot packed into it, in a way. A lot of experience. It could be a...
  • The Joy Menu #49: Dregs
    27 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    Dear Creators, I keep coming back to the same stories. I hear myself on the recording, bringing the conversation back, bringing it around to where we’d left off: “And what was that like?” “And who wer...
  • The Joy Menu #48: Kids
    20 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 3 1
    Dear Creators Today, I am listening to the recordings. To my father’s voice, carried by the magic of technology, across the veil of existence. It’s singularly his — the mixture of depth and gravel, so...
  • The Joy Menu #47: Duty
    12 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 3 1
    This week’s newsletter picks off where last week’s left off. Dear Creators, In the tan armchair beneath the bright window, I ask and I listen. My father sits on the chair we gave him for his fiftieth ...
  • The Joy Menu #46: Permission
    29 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 4 3
    Dear Creators, Who gave me the right to imagine a creative future for myself? Who gave me the right to see myself inevitably destined to be an artist? Who gave me the right to build for myself a futur...
  • The Joy Menu #45: Dialogue
    01 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 4 0
    Dear Creators, Let’s talk about what I don’t remember. I don’t remember ever seeing my father hold a pencil, or draw, or express a hierarchy of activities which held art at the top above all. Not when...
  • The Joy Menu #44: Fertilizer (II)
    25 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    Dear Creators, In 1979, after finishing a Masters in Printmaking at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, my father moved his young wife (my mother) and baby (my sister) from Michigan to New York, to work wit...
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