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If you happen to catch Gwen Stefani´s new single you´ll be surprised by its dim message. The song talks about her solo career´s pressures, her inspiration, and the seemingly constant fight to decide whether she´s happy with her life or not. All this while she´s haunted by a frenetic tic-tac that seems to remind her time is limited.

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October 27th, Wednesday, 2004, Ip nº 94.

The thinner the line is, the better?
Gaunt to Gargantuan and Back: The Atkins Method of Acting

According to a recent NYT´s article, extreme makeovers made in order to perform a specific character are becoming a popular trend in Hollywood, making of physical transformation artists´ ultimate commitment gesture. Acting is where the line gets blurrier but those stunts could be compared to other less drastic concessions people usually do at expense of their personal lives. This put me thinking on the cultural fascination with vocation outdoing life. But if art jobs are the quintessential model of blending between life and work, what happens when work becomes your life? Is there an inherent conflict or it depends on the kind of job we do? Maybe, if our jobs were more like our lives it wouldn't exist a dilemma at all.


In this scenery is not hard to understand why is that breakdowns and career breaks are common currency. Could a broader view of what work is help us avoid time's erosion?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3752180.stm   ('Overexposed' Britney plans break)

http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0%2C1%2C15214%2C00.html   (Lindsay Lohan Calls in Sick)

http://www.rte.ie/arts/2004/1022/robertsj.html   (Roberts to take five year acting break?)

Creativity is in everyday life, literally
Bringing creativity to the classroom

Secondly an article on how are UK educators focusing on teaching kids to be imaginative and develop their creativity, a subject that has been gaining attention in the educational field for the last couple of years. The article talks of how could inventiveness and logic be encourage using a "different" approach to teaching. However we should consider creative thinking as something that is not that far away from life itself, and not just make kids read or paint but allow them to visualize that creativity is present in everyday decisions, like what we do and how we relate to the world. Perhaps there's even a link between one's artistic creativity and the "other" kind of creativity, and the more we innovate with ourselves the most inspired we get in all terms…


Appeared in MIT's Technology Review.

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