Stream of consciousness thoughts after two months in the Natural State
It’s crucial to make mental AND physical space to create.
Sometimes, you can find inspiration in the strangest places.
A slow workweek sent me into a downward spiral and forced me to reevaluate how I deal with failure.
What happens when your creative idols fall from grace? How does it change your relationship with their work?
I like to take my time forming an opinion, but the culture demands that we think, assess, and review immediately. Is this a good thing?
The grad school way or my way?
I knew finding a literary agent wouldn't be easy…
It's time to kill the starving artist archetype...
Dare I say it...I'm finally a grownup.
I spent a week getting to know Northwest Arkansas. Does it hold a candle to New York?
Tropical vacations are always welcome, but there was something different about this one.
When you’re carving out your space to create that NYT bestseller, don’t forget to move your mental furniture around, too.
When you can't find inspiration on your laptop, pick up your blender. (And also, focus on your behaviors and all that other stuff.)
What better way to process a terrible workweek than by analyzing other creative people's failures…
In my latest essay, "When Our Heroes Fail Us", I explored the complexity of loving an artist's work in the aftermath of a public reckoning or scandal. Both Kanye West and Junot Diaz are, in my eyes, creative geniuses, but recent weeks have seen them both fall from grace. How does that change my relationship with their work, and where do I go from here?
If you don't follow a conventional path to success, are you doomed to failure? Or does your savvy actually guarantee success? Hmmm...
A convenience store chain called Kum & Go? Businesses named after religious figures? A place where it's cheaper to breathe? No, these aren't random plot points from an obscure indie film. These are observations from my first trip to Arkansas-the place I'll be living for the next 2-3 years.
New York is a city full of dreams and possibilities but it's also chock full of harsh realities. After 11 years, I'm leaving all of it behind.
This week, I'm exploring ways to understand and deal with email anxiety.
We live in a culture that relishes a good clapback, but is there really any benefit to this beyond being the meanest kid on the playground?
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A multi-hyphenate talent, Curry offers insights and advice from multiple angles of the business.
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