The Unexpected Shape

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Esmé Weijun Wang
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Legacy-building & lessons from Carli Lloyd.

Legacy-building & lessons from Carli Lloyd.

Source: The New York Times She could have created a legacy for herself in the WWC in any number of ways. She told herself that she was going to leave a legacy, and when she saw her opportunity to quite literally take a shot, she did. Listen to me read the below here:   I’m […]

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On two kinds of mastery: vertical and lateral.

On two kinds of mastery: vertical and lateral.

…It struck me recently that mastery alone holds no interest for me when that mastery is purely vertical. Listen to me read the piece below here:   You must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work… You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success. […]

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Know this when you make choices.

Know this when you make choices.

Life changes without warning, and ends. We are fragile. Show more love. Show more love. Show more love. Listen to me read this piece below:   I told Chris the entire plot of Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs in bed, his hand resting on my hipbone. The book is fraught with anxieties about being a […]

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Impact, everyday legacy, & the fake nest.

Impact, everyday legacy, & the fake nest.

Creative legacy is therefore at least partially made up of impact, and to have an impact isn’t solely the domain of Virginia Woolf or da Vinci. Listen to me read the below here:   Last year I noticed — and I’m not sure how long it had been there — what seemed to be a […]

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Other people’s success: on artistic jealousy.

Other people’s success: on artistic jealousy.

I wish so many of us didn’t feel that saintliness was somehow compulsory when it comes to jealousy and our artistic careers.   I’m fortunate enough to live, despite not being in New York, in a city where I have access to a community of writers I can call my own. Most of this particular […]

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On what’s coming next in 2015.

On what’s coming next in 2015.

2015 is, for me, about bringing forth conversations about building a creative legacy sustainably, and with resilience. Listen to me read the below here:   For the Solstice yesterday — which was also the New Moon, and also Yule — I burrowed beneath the covers with a perfectly smooth stone, a pen, and a pile […]

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A starring role that fits: on remembering who you are

A starring role that fits: on remembering who you are

I’m a writer. I say this on my website; I claim the identity for myself because of what I’ve studied, what I’ve accomplished, what I do, and because of how it belongs in my being. But participating in this conference is going to be, I suspect, a different experience entirely. Listen to me read this […]

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On Robin Williams, mental health advocacy, and small gestures of comfort.

On Robin Williams, mental health advocacy, and small gestures of comfort.

There’s been a conversation after Williams’s death about the need to decrease stigma. There is a need for mental health advocacy. This tends to happen after celebrity deaths — there’s a flare, a sizzle, and finally, a fade in interest. Listen to me read this piece here:   In the midst of chaos happening in […]

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Two important ingredients for creative discovery.

Two important ingredients for creative discovery.

It’s looking closely, becoming entranced, and developing obsessions that leads us down the road to discovery. Listen to me read this piece here:   When you look closely at anything familiar, it kind of transmogrifies into something unfamiliar — the sort of cognitive version of saying your name again and again and again, or a word […]

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