Downtime:
Art, meaning and play

August 1947: Charlie Parker, Tommy Potter, Miles Davis, Duke Jordan and Max Roach play at Three Deuces in New York City. (Photo by William Gottlieb | Library of Congress)

August 1947: Charlie Parker, Tommy Potter, Miles Davis, Duke Jordan and Max Roach play at Three Deuces in New York City. (Photo by William Gottlieb | Library of Congress)

 

How do we spend our free time?

Where do we seek our cultural identity?

Where do we go to find meaning in our lives?

How do the circumstances of our economy, culture and  moment in time affect how we approach leisure?

What is the role of art and beauty in our lives?

 


Why athletes cheat: “Your self is on the line”

Steve Portenga, lead psychologist for the U.S. track and field team, suggests it's more than fame and fortune that can motivate athletes to break the rules of sport to enhance their performance. It's about the fear of losing an identity -- and sometimes a paycheck.

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What did you make? (And why?)

We'd like to see something you made -- and we want to know why you made it. Big or small; a physical object or something you built from code: It's show-and-tell time.

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In one photo: What are you thankful for?

We're asking people around the country to share just one photo with us that represents something they're thankful for this holiday season. (Here at PIN, we're really thankful for the jar of candy corn on top of an editor's desk.)

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Choosing to (air)brush off the office life

Peter Joyes traded a career in business for the life of a State Fair artist. For more than three decades, he delighted people with his airbrush portraits until working conditions and the economics of summer festivals conspired against him.

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What’s your “new fun”?

Whether it's because of changing finances, changing family dynamics, new friends, new hobbies or summers that are hotter than ever, what are some new ways you've found to spend your free time?

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