This article on Christian Marclay in the March 12 New Yorker is loaded with acute perspectives on the creative process, art and more. It addresses:

— The role of constraints, both physical and mental

— The tension between the "gruesome" quality of artistic work and the thrill of solving artistic problems

— The relationship between those who make art and those who show it

— The creative freedom that flows from a lack of genre-specific expertise

And more …

Lots of reasons to like this new blog from the Times. Here are four:

1. The name. It arouses curiosity, creates atmosphere and even playfully references jargon. A combination like that is hard to pull off.

2. The platform. As the About page notes, Tumblr provides a perfectly low-friction way to give new life to the massive Times photo archive.

3. The design. Each photo comes with an option to go behind the scenes. That is, one can review the handwritten notes, pasted captions, stamps and other arcana featured on the other side of each photo print. This provides a more tactile link to the photograph’s history.

4. The photos. See for yourself.

When I travel somewhere for the first time, I scan for patterns.

Early in a visit, these patterns help with orientation. Colors, shapes and textures provide a link to the familiar even when the setting is new.

Then, over time, individual patterns start to intersect and overlap, knitting together a visual fabric of a place.

Last week, I made my first trip to London. There, I found a dynamic mix of vibrant colors, crisp lines and foggy grays. Some highlights appear above.

The answer to that question, according to Nick Paumgarten’s March 5 piece in The New Yorker: many of the same things that happen at lower-wattage conferences.

See how many behavioral similarities you can spot between Davos participants and people at conferences you’ve attended.

Our first priority is to create an appropriate entrance to the greatest encyclopedic museum in the world, one that is attractive and welcoming rather than austere and forbidding.
Met Director Thomas Campbell on plans to redesign the museum’s plaza

Languages pulse and layer, creating a bebop soundtrack. Cultures swirl in a New York-style blender. Construction boots compete with platform sneakers for space. Sunlight and geometry produce optic drama. Manhattan’s skyline surges while East River bridges quietly pop into view. Planes glide and birds dance.

This is life aboard the 7 train, the best bargain in town.

For the cost of a MetroCard swipe and about an hour of your time, you can take the 7 from Grand Central to Flushing, Queens and back. Along the way, you’ll be rewarded with a look at one of America’s most diverse communities, a place where world geography has seemingly been redrawn. In addition, you’ll pass the site of the U.S. Open, watch planes line up for La Guardia, catch stunning views of Manhattan and sample a global fashion cocktail. And you won’t even have to leave the train. 

I was reminded of the 7 train’s charms on a trip to Queens last Friday. The visual story of my ride appears above.