The Challenge and Wonder of Boxhood (Emil Ferris)

Emil Ferris, creator of the breakout graphic novel, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, writes eloquently about the misunderstood notion of thinking outside the box. She knows what she's talking about; she’s navigated extraordinary challenges with aplomb.

Read More 4.27.17 | 2:49am
Just don’t give up on trying to do what you really want to do (Ella Fitzgerald)

Just don’t give up on trying to do what you really want to do (Ella Fitzgerald)

No one could have imagined that Ella Fitzgerald's dark early life would have led to winning Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and the launch of her singing career. She was a master of wildly improvised scat singing that echoed a wildly improvised life.

Read More 4.26.17 | 2:18am

Mira Keras’ Rule of ReInvention

Improvised Life Editorial Assistant Mira Keras also happens to be a tattoo artist recently featured in Buzzfeed. She developed a survivalist’s approach to right-livlelihood that works for both Millenials and Boomers navigating rough economic seas.

Read More 4.25.17 | 2:00am

Voyage of Discovery: Murukami’s 3300-Song Playlist

We were thrilled to find a free, streamable Spotify playlist with over 3,300 songs from novelist Haruki Murakami's legendary record collection. Its range is vast, from rare jazz recordings to a huge riff of Bach and Elvis: discoveries that fuel our own creative endeavors.

Read More 4.20.17 | 1:25pm

Advice for Someone Who is Juggling Her Life

Like most people, we often feel like we are juggling way too many things in our life. Although we try to simplify, make choices, edit out the unnecessary, we have not yet mastered the equilibrium of just enough. How startling then to find A Poem for Someone Who is Juggling Her Life and its affirmation of a very counter-intuitive option...

Read More 4.18.17 | 2:23am

Here’s Your Joy Permit!

As we passed a Police/Fire Emergency alarm on 123rd Street, we noticed an official looking bright yellow form taped to it. We walked by then turned back to read it; something didn't look quite right. We discovered that it was a sort of makeshift dispenser of...JOY Permits,

Read More 4.17.17 | 2:51am

Spring Breakfast: A Perfect Boiled Egg with Toast Soldiers

This Sunday, we'll celebrate Spring and Easter with a simple, of-the-season breakfast: soft boiled eggs with toast soldiers, and good coffee, inspired by Ellen Silverman's Girl with Egg. Here's how to make perfection out of something so simple.

Read More 4.13.17 | 6:13pm