Sheila Heti

What makes “great art”? How do we account for what Gertrude Stein called the “itness” of art, and what are we seeking – and so often missing – in our experience of art? In brief, bright 30-minute episodes, Momus: The Podcast’s second season will follow co-hosts Lauren Wetmore and Sky Goodden as they speak with writers, curators, filmmakers, novelists, and artists about this searching. They ask, “What are their experiences with the ‘itness’, and with tracing it or trying to replicate it in their own work and in their lives?” In the first episode of the season, Goodden and Wetmore ...
A zine published by The Creative Independent, compiling quotes, excerpts, and recommendations from working artists, all gathered from our archive. Hope Hall’s mindset for dealing with stress, Mike Rugnetta on getting over the anxiety of sharing your work, Eve Ewing on challenging your own ideas of failure, Christopher Shinn on pushing through anxiety-induced procrastination, notes on staying [mentally] healthy from Thor Harris, plus thoughts from working artists— including Jlin, Aubrey Plaza, Sheila Heti, Tabita Rezaire, Ottessa Moshfegh, Mykki Blanco, Addie Wagenknecht, Alison Goldfrapp, and many more—on rejection, working with fear, and channeling anxiety into creative work.

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