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Musician Zola Jesus chose her stage name as an atheist teenager, but as her career has progressed, its religious connotations have shed light on the place that music commands in her life — as an exercise in meaning-making, an outlet for expressing and exploring the existential questions of life.

Essay

March 29, 2016

The Sanctity of Work and Play

For those of us who adore our daily forms of labor, work doesn't stop when the office closes. Mohammed Fairouz makes the case for obsession, and work as prayer and mystery and play.
We often think of "genius" as a belonging to individuals, not as something nurtured by community. Courtney Martin challenges this idea, thinking back on the writers group that continues to inspire her work today.
When the crush of a beige cubicle and endless meetings deaden creative impulses, a newborn baby girl prompts an explosion of creativity — and the celebratory, enthusiastic person the author's dream job had taken away.
When we get too attached to habits, we risk losing our sense of wonder and our potential for catalytic experience. Courtney Martin's encouragement for the job of being alive: “May I see what I do. May I do it differently. May I make this a way of life.”