Election Day 2016, my wife and I took our daughter to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, which is easily in Sprout’s top five all-time favorite places on Earth. On our way back, while our daughter napped in her car seat, we hopped off the freeway… Read More
There are billions upon billions of planets in the observable universe. Most are inhospitable to life. They’re in the wrong position relative to the nearest star, they have the wrong atmosphere, or their surface doesn’t have the right component elements. Out of all those potential… Read More
In 2013, Lenka Clayton had a goal for a series of works she wanted to create via An Artist Residency in Motherhood. As she put it: Artist residencies are usually designed as a way to allow artists to escape from the routines and responsibilities of… Read More
What makes somebody a bricklayer or a rock thrower. What it means to be one or the other.
While listening to a recent episode of The West Wing Weekly, a story that Josh Malina told about a conference he had early during the filming of the show’s fifth season struck a chord with me. Showrunner John Wells told Josh “Here’s the plan… Read More
Comedy Has Structure Long form comedy isn’t just a series of jokes. Whether it’s a sitcom, a film, or a stand-up set, there’s a structure to humor that relates to dramatic structure. Over time, strong comedy builds. New jokes call back to previous jokes. By… Read More
I ponied up the money for a mechanical keyboard. I get it. People buy in, hook, line, and sinker to this craze the way marketing used to tell kids shoes would make you run faster and jump higher. But it’s genuinely pleasant. Does having a… Read More