How the famous American singer-songwriter found new ways to hope after his Huntington’s diagnosis. In October 1952, Woody Guthrie, the great troubadour of the downtrodden, wrote a rallying cry for his own life: A month before he penned “I Ain’t Dead,” Guthrie had received a devastating diagnosis, one that he’d feared his entire adult life: he had Huntington’s chorea, the same illness that led to his mother’s institutionalization shortly before his 14th birthday.
Kai Brach is the publisher, editor, and founder of Offscreen Magazine, a print-only publication that explores the human side of technology and the Web. Kai makes the most of being his own boss. He chatted with us about what it’s like being a German living in Australia, the lasting impact of his backpacker year, and the continuing importance of travel in his life.
After her own bilateral mastectomy, Dana Donofree began designing clothing for breast cancer survivors. Designer Dana Donofree began AnaOno to make bras, robes, camisoles, and other clothing specifically tailored for breast cancer survivors. But she didn’t fully understand her apparel company’s mission until she found someone crying in a dressing room.
Now that airlines are charging for checked bags and flights are often fully booked, the battle for bin space has reached Game of Thrones intensity. “Airlines have had to get stricter about carry-ons, especially since they started levying fees on checked bags,” says Paula Froelich, travel expert for HSN and the founder of A Broad Abroad, a travel and lifestyle company.
The community is the canvas for multimedia artist Keir Johnston. For Keir Johnston, the line between art and civic engagement isn’t just blurred — it’s often never there to begin with. As a founding member of Amber Art and Design, a Philadelphia collective devoted to art as social practice, Johnston collaborates with communities of color to tell stories that have been overlooked by mainstream media.
Yinka Ilori may be an artist and furniture designer, but he’s also a crafty teacher. Underneath the playful West African fabrics and whimsical touches, sits a deeper message. Born in London to Nigerian immigrants, Ilori grounds all of his work in traditional Nigerian parables, and he uses those pithy lessons to transform discarded furniture into complex narratives about sexuality, religion, poverty and hierarchy.
After moving into their new 50,000-square-foot space in the Innovation and Design Building, a former military depot on the edge of Boston’s Seaport District, Elkus Manfredi Architects faced a lot of blank walls. “We instinctively knew that we did not want to be self-aggrandizing and fill our office with photos and models of our designs,” says Elizabeth Lowrey, a principal and director of interior architecture at the firm.
Charles Darwin’s own illnesses may have influenced evolutionary theory. Here’s how. Charles Darwin, whose theory of natural selection inspired the phrase “survival of the fittest,” was, for much of his life, rather unfit. A mighty array of illnesses plagued Darwin for decades, including insomnia, eczema, and heart palpitations, but his most constant companions seem to have been anxiety and terrible gastric distress.
Saks was just a teenager when she started believing her thoughts could kill other people. But with treatment, her schizophrenia didn’t stop her from living a fulfilling life. One morning, when Elyn R. Saks was in high school, she suddenly decided to leave class and head home. During the three-mile walk, the world around her started “becoming very intense,” and she began to think that the houses were sending her messages: Look closely.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo knew he was a great ballplayer, but when it came to his diabetes, he didn’t think he was extraordinary. On a hot August afternoon in 1967, Chicago Cubs player Ron Santo walked up to the plate at Wrigley Field and saw three Bill Singers, a pitcher with a fierce fastball, staring back at him.
Downtown Seattle is quite literally marked by growth. Cranes clutter the skyline and diggers burrow into the ground, laying the foundation for a dramatically different cityscape on the rise. A June 2016 report by the Downtown Seattle Association counted 65 major buildings under construction in the area—the most since the organization began keeping a tally in 2005. Already the tenth densest city in U.S., Seattle is on pace to move up the ranks.
Architect and developer Cary Tamarkin is a man both out of step with time and totally in synch. He doesn’t own a smartphone, he believes “technology will ultimately be the ruination of our society,” and he plays bluegrass and other “old timey tunes” on banjo and mandolin. And yet, Tamarkin’s prescient real estate investments have led to a thriving—and lucrative—career.