The home page features an image of Williams in tasteful grayscale, with the following words: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. He inspired us through his passion, his generosity, and the gift of laughter. He will be greatly missed.”
I’ve made several Tumblrs that collected ill-considered selfies. They got around; one of them, selfiesatfunerals, made Tumblr’s “most viral” list in 2013. Friends asked, half-jokingly, when my book deal was coming—and truth be told, I was surprised nobody made me an offer. Judging by Tumblrs-turned-books like Shit Rough Drafts and Feminist Ryan Gosling, it seemed like hungry agents spent their days scouring Tumblr for their next payday.
But now Kim Kardashian has explained the deafening silence to me: Unless you’re Kim Kardashian, your book about selfies is destined to fail.
On August 11, we lost an endlessly inventive comedian and Oscar-winning actor. Robin Williams’s legacy will live on, though. Here are some of the many ways pop culture showed it’s got him in its bloodstream.
Depending on whom you talk to, this game is either the the greatest thing to happen to smartphones since the selfie or the gaming equivalent to mind rabies.
Bill Murray has played an incredible array of characters across a career spanning 74 movies and TV shows. Peter Venkman. Ernie McCracken. Herman Blume. Garfield. Bill Murray. Bill Murray. Bill Murray.
In tribute, San Francisco’s Public Works gallery will host The Murray Affair on August 8 ($12), a one-day show that will feature as many as 200 original portraits of Bill Murray submitted from an open call of non-commissioned artists. Organizer Ezra Croft, who has, in the past, hosted a similar celebration of Nicolas Cage, cites Murray’s “awesome catalogue of greatness” as his muse for the event.
Adidas Originals, in partnership with Champs Sports, taps Lil Jon, RG3, DeMarco Murray, and Von Miller for 25-episode series.
The comedians go geek to geek to raise money for UNICEF.
Grumpy cat is kind of bummed she isn’t on our Lana Del Rey cover.
Aukerman has turned the talk-show format on its head with that Zach Galifianakis web series and a comedy show on IFC, Comedy Bang! Bang!
Mimi Valdés went from magazines to multimedia success.
Valdés is creative director for Pharrell’s i am OTHER, a multimedia company that works in music, apparel, philanthropy, film, video, and whatever else Pharrell wants to explore. Hers is a simple title for a complicated position where she is responsible for an astounding number of things. “Album covers, music videos, live concert performances, I’m in charge of executing all of that,” says Valdés, adding that she is not as directly involved with the fashion side of Pharrell’s growing empire. She is working on so many projects simultaneously that she has taken to listing each on its own index card. The stack is more than an inch thick.
From Jay-Z to de Balzac, these famous creative minds have developed some odd habits on the path to genius.
There is no secret formula for innovation, and a lot of great minds arrive at their creativity in many different ways.
Though we’d all like to crack the code for reaching our creative breakthrough, it’s likely that emulating the habits prescribed by one famous person or another won’t be the cure-all to your stagnated creativity. Though, there’s probably no harm in giving it a try.
So to satiate your voyeuristic curiosity, compiled here are some of the least orthodox, but still effective creative processes of eight great minds.