Crazy Ideas, Monumental Results: 6 Rules for Maintaining Creative Sanity

Wilhelm Reich, a student of Freud’s and radical pioneer of early psychoanalysis, kept diaries of his observations of the world – often fascinating, often misunderstood – yet still able to influence a number of notable intellectuals from Saul Bellow to William Burroughs. A culmination of his journal entries, letters and laboratory notebooks,  Where’s the Truth?: Letters and Journals, 1948-1957, follows three other autobiographical installments making this book the forth and final collection of his work.

In a particularly thoughtful entry dated June 7, 1948, Reich attempts to distill the six conditions necessary for creative sanity. In so doing he reveals his own doubts and aspirations while painting an ideal portrait of a life with true purpose.

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The last principle is especially moving and an apt reminder that the promise of the “easy life” does not necessarily come from always treading the easiest path.

Love Letters on the Wall

Stephen Powers is giving the term love letter a whole new meaning with his innovative art project, A Love Letter for You. Partnering with City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, he has been transforming the city one wall at a time to infuse industrial facades with a little more levity, light, and (oh yeah) love. All of the murals were developed for ideal viewing when riding the rail around the city.

Don’t you just love the idea of giving a cold and hardened metropolis a softer voice? These “sweet nothings” make for a huge transformation.

All images: A Love Letter for You