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Easy, thrifty pillow covers anyone can make

Easy, thrifty pillow covers anyone can make

Chances are, if you attended an American high school anytime from the 70s through the 90s, at some point you wrote a “found poem.” As Poets.org will tell you, “Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made(…)

Fail Harder

Fail Harder

A couple of months ago I took my students on a field trip to Wieden+Kennedy, one of the most successful advertising firms in the world. On the third floor of their huge office is this mural: One of the big messages that Dan Wieden gave to my students is that spectacular failure is important to the(…)

Ikea as investment furniture

Ikea as investment furniture

Dear Ikea, We know that haters love to hate on you. We’re pretty sure you’ve heard all the mean things they say about your stuff: It’s cheap. It’s generic and soul-less. It’s for just-starting-out kids (not real grown-ups). It’s for those without style who think you can buy style. (And that’s just about your stuff–not(…)