It’s Friday! Time to spend what little you have left of the workweek calling it a day and reading long-form pieces that pinball around your brain. Here’s what inspired me this week:

*This article from Aeon Magazine by Cara Parks, on circadian rhythms, jet lag, and trying out a location-independent work lifestyle was really fascinating to me on several levels. I think one of the best things we can do for our creative habits and routines is to mesh them with our own natural (bodily) rhythms. Also, sleep–make sure you are getting it, or you will get sick, promise. Another also, as someone who has traveled across time zones a fair bit and also struggles with jet lag always, I cringed when I read about this writer’s attempts to stay on East Coast time wherever she went–this sounds like hell to me. I once telecommuted from Rome for an East Coast job and it was great because I was always up and accomplishing things way before people were even in the office, but it meant that I sometimes had meetings at 10 or 11 pm, which gave my days a length to them that was less appealing. Something to think about if you’re considering location-independent work–make sure it’s time zone independent, too!

*Here is a rollicking interview with Mitch Hurwitz (creator of Arrested Development) that John Sellers did for NYMag. My favorite part is where he accuses the interviewer of being his super-ego, but there is really good insight here about his creative process and the value of constraints. Hurwitz says, “you don’t wait for the perfect creative opportunity…the more constraints I have, the more opportunities I have to be creative to fix those constraints.” This is something I’m noticing a lot lately–it’s sometimes easier to be creative when you are fixed by the constraints of an assignment than when you simply have a blank page to fill.

*A video about the poetic billboards of artist Robert Montgomery. He reminds me a bit of Jenny  Holzer, whose work I also love.  “I’m fascinated by this idea–and it comes from surrealism–of finding the magical in the every day, uncovering the sacred in the mundane. I don’t know if I can claim to be making epiphanies or, like, saying profundities, but I would certainly like my work to be a commentary to how magical the city is. I think that’s a really important job of art, that you must wake up and see the magic.” Montgomery is also the publisher of Dazed and Confused magazine and he had this to say about being an artist and a having a day job: “I don’t see a schism at all really, helping publish Dazed has been my day job for a long time, and being an artist has been my night job for a long time and I’ve worked really hard at both of them with no embarrassment ‘cos, as Patti Smith would say, we’re workers in my family.” You can read more of that interview here.

*My birthday wish for this year is to get a subscription to Emily Books–a indie e-bookstore that gives you a new e-book by a not-heralded-enough-[mostly]lady-writer each month curated by Emily Gould and Ruth Curry. (You can get your subscription here.) This month’s book is After Claude, by Iris Owen, and in honor of the selection, Emily Gould interviewed Stephen Koch (one of Iris Owen’s friends) about Owen, her work, and Manhattan literary life in the 70s. If everything I have said thus far is not enough to hook you, then how about this: “I would return her letters to her unopened. And it just ended slowly. I would very much avoid going anywhere I thought she was likely to be, but she wasn’t likely to be in most places, so that was not a problem. This makes her sound like a monster. And she was, in a way, a sort of monster. I would not have traded my friendship with her for anything. It was very good, but I know that a lot of my career was in shambles because of her.” Now if you’re not dying to know more, I don’t know where your curiosity went. At BKMag.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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