Make Good Art

If you enjoy his voice as much as I do, listen to some of his audiobooks, you won’t regret it.

Neil Gaiman gives one of the greatest commencement speeches of all time to the 2012 class at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The speech was so good it was adapted into a book: Make Good Art.

There are so many good things to take form this speech but here a few tidbits to get you started:

Advice for getting through tough times:

When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail —...

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A fantastic reading by Benedict Cumberbatch of a letter from Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse.

Get out of your head and just DO your art. This is a great reminder to create more!

Do more. More nonsensical, more crazy, more machines… make them abound with nonsense. Try and tickle something inside you, your “weird humor.” You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you — draw & paint your fear & anxiety… You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to

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Sometime you need to create bad work to...