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Canned Goods

Raymond Chandler saw the primary task of the “natural” writer as bridge-building, between “what one wants to say” and “what one knows how to say.” The scholarly study of how best to bridge one’s words...

Framing and Back-Stories

Our appreciation of a work of artistic creativity is often heightened by our knowledge and appreciation of its fascinating backstory, if it has one. Leonardo’s Mona Lisa is constantly name-checked as the world’s most famous painting, and though it has always been greatly admired...

Pretty Packaging

What gives any of our attempts at creativity a lasting value that transcends their initial contexts of use? The answer certainly involves more than one dimension of appreciation; any attempt must carry an apparent truth that resonates with its current and future contexts of use, and must be packaged...