Pocketed Articles – June 13, 2016

Walt Whitman’s advice for students – I really liked this little bit of content by Austin Kleon. I usually ignore motivational crap, like those quotes that in one way or another say ” follow your heart ” or ” do what you love “, mainly because, as I said before, it’s crap. But this Walt Whitman fellow seems to be all about ” don’t write poetry ” 🙂 and ” do the fucking work ” so I guess it’s worth sharing.

Living in the age of outrage – Mark Mason perfectly puts into words this age of outrage we are currently living in. This is a good example of how much more different it is when you read an opinion by someone who is a good writer 🙂 . Anyway, read it and share it, maybe you’ll give someone a wake up call.

The fabulist who changed journalism – this is a big feature on Janet Cooke, a reporter for The Washington Post who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1981, for a story about an 8-year-old heroin addict. It later turned out that the boy did not exist. This is an impressive story, but not for everyone, I think.

Time to face the music: you need a business model to make it as an artist – this is a really good article to read if you work for yourself in a creative field. Jessica Abel makes a really good point here and I think more people, freelancers in particular, should be reading this.

The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans – and this one is directly connected to the article above, meaning that I found it because Jessica mentioned it. The author says ” Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them. ” This amount doesn’t really apply to me, because here ( in Romania ) $400 is quite a bit of money, but I get the gist of it, and if you replace the amount with one significant for your own country, you may find yourself ( as have I ) in the same shoes as well.

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