By Kathleen Vanesian
By Amy Silverman
By Robrt L. Pela
By Jim Louvau
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Benjamin Leatherman
By New Times
By Becky Bartkowski
2. Sheets are important.
3. It is, and always will be, Tom Ford's Black Orchid.
4. Faux never really works.
5. Popcorn is underrated.
6. Complete honesty in a relationship is overrated.
7. I will judge you by your playlist.
8. Beaches trump mountains.
9. Travel is my first love.
10. Less really is more.
About the writer: Jill Anderson is an interior designer at Wiseman & Gale Interiors who has a serious eye for all things fabulous.
About the designer: John Walters is a local designer whose work has been featured in New Times, DRAFT Magazine, and McMurry publications.
[Manifesto No. 3]
1. Clichés are almost always excellent advice, once you figure out what they actually mean.
2. Art is not a luxury.
3. Everything in moderation, including moderation.
4. Black is the new black. Those who say otherwise are trying to sell you something.
5. Everybody has a story, but not everyone should be a writer.
6. If you're bored, pay attention.
7. Don't buy cheap shoes.
8. Anyone who maintains there's no such thing as the truth probably has something to hide.
9. Respect is essential to true love.
10. In the words of the Staple Singers: If you don't respect yourself, ain't nobody gonna give a good cahoot.
About the writer: Deborah Sussman is a public relations specialist at ASU Art Museum, a former writer for Phoenix Jewish News, and a contributor to New Times. She also leads the Downtown Phoenix Book Group at MADE.
About the designer: Anton Anger is an illustrator, a hand-drawn-type fiend, and a senior in the industrial design program at ASU. You may have seen a few of his custom Tempe neighborhood T-shirts around campus.
[Manifesto No. 4]
1. "Life flows on within you and without you." (George Harrison)
2. In the face of injustice, "Silence is complicity." (unknown author)
3. Liberalism is the ideology of hope.
4. The world has known few great leaders and will never know a great many more.
5. If I'm truly satisfied, I should have no regrets.
6. When I write, I do everything I can to stay out of my way.
7. Laughter is the best drug, but some drugs really make you laugh.
8. It's all in the trying.
9. Be useful. Be alive.
10. A child's unconditional love is the purest form of spiritulism. Loving them back is a holy act.
About the writer: James E. Garcia is a playwright, journalist, university lecturer, and owner of Creative Vistas Media, a Valley-based media consulting firm. He also serves as the director of communications at the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as a staff associate at Urias Communications.
About the designer: Casebeer is a designer and visual artist who was born in Madrid, raised in Flagstaff, and flew around a lot in single-engine aircraft.
[Manifesto No. 5]
1. Nobody wants your stupid advice. Even if you are right (which you probably are), keep it to yourself and get back to work.
2. If you leave your used Band-Aid near the edge of the tub, you are dead to me.
3. Jalapeños make everything 60 percent better.
4. Forgive yourself and get back to work. Wallowing in shame is never as productive as it sounds.
5. Buy and sample all the homemade street-vendor food you encounter. If someone went to the trouble to cook something and carry it around in a five-gallon bucket, it's probably pretty good. (Only don't bother with those cookies that lady carries door to door in my neighborhood; they never get any better no matter how many times you buy them. Also, she's mean.)
6. Perfection is impossible. Aiming for it is a fool's errand. Just do your best and get back to work.
7. I don't care what a so-called optimist will tell you, dwelling on death does make you value life more.
8. Get a needy pet or a difficult room-mate, because if you don't learn how to compromise and overlook others' shortcomings you will never learn how to overlook your own.
9. Frito Chili Pie. You are welcome.
10. Extract the lesson from the catastrophe, say "thank you, catastrophe, you've saved me years of trial and error," and then get back to work.
About the writer: Kim Porter is a playwright and actor who has produced award-winning plays that have showcased nationwide. Porter was born in Texas and lived in San Francisco before moving to Phoenix six years ago. Phoenix stages haven't been the same since. When Porter's in town, she's busy teaching. Her workshop, Writing for the Stage, is for playwrights and solo performers at all levels and is held at Space 55.
About the designer: Peter Storch is art director at New Times. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in both design and illustration and was a graphic designer in New York City before returning to Arizona.
[Manifesto No. 6]
#6. Develop an indeterminate method to use when disrupting order and hierarchies. #9. Perform when no one is looking and live as if caught in Wonder Woman's lasso of truth. #4. Be skeptical of gravity. Believe in it only to the extent that you have time to think about space. #1. Resist and discourage uses of the words utilize for use; performative for performance; gesture for action. #5. When you have a choice, go left. #2. Live for one year in any place where six consecutive months are day and the other half-a-dozen are night. #8. On ne fait pas d'omelette sans casser des œufs. #10. Reading between the lines happens with or without permission or intention #3. Stupidity is underrated. #7. Cynicism just might be the opposite of love.