James T. Green is a conceptual artist, radio producer, writer, and educator from Chicago, Illinois, and now in Brooklyn, New York.

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79: Some say they sold the yay’ you know they couldn’t get work on Labor Day

The Fieldwork: “Some say they sold the yay’ you know they couldn’t get work on Labor Day”

There will be no Fieldwork essay this week because it is my one year wedding anniversary weekend. That is the paper anniversary if you are unfamiliar. I just learned this fact recently so I am telling everyone. Imagine this email is written on a sheet of paper. Great, it’s bespoke and artisanal now.

While you’re reading this, my wonderful wife and I will be doing one of the following:

A) Digesting all of the filet mignon, gin, manchego cheese, and black forest pie that we indulged in this weekend.

B) Sleeping in because dammit we deserve it.

C) Being outside because the universe knows Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah for summer in Chicago.

D) All of the above.

E) Other: ______________________

But of course, lovely reader, I’m not going to leave you hanging without things to check out from the internet, because there was a lot of good stuff this week.

I’ll be back with a full essay next week, but until then, ciao and enjoy your Labor Day!


This Week’s Magazine Clippings

★ “If all technology fails, words and gestures is what we have.” A call to remember the importance of words on the web.

★ An incredible summary of a talk on typography and creating distraction-free reading experiences in digital spaces.

★ On creating experiences for wearable devices not based on capturing attention, but passively integrating into our lives. I loved the term used here called “data rash,” such a good descriptor.

★ “How many conversations have you had with people where they refer to a confident black man as ’self-important’ while a white man gets an adjective like ‘brash’?” On Kanye West and black humility.

★ “Growing up black and female meant depression was forbidden.” Here is a full excerpt of Margo Jefferson’s memoir, Negroland. I was legit on the edge of my seat on the train reading this.


Our Community Bulletin Board

Autotelic, an artist run space in Chicago (and my studio), is fundraising for a new wood shop and to start paying staff. Give ‘em a hand.

Reply if you are interested in having something for next week. Give me your name, and what you’d like to share in 140 characters or less.



★ The very nice and incredible supporting members of The Studio Visit newsletter will be receiving a little gift via Patreon message this week. Make sure to keep an eye on your email.

★ This Wednesday is a new episode of Cher Vincent and myself’s podcast, Open Ended. You can check out last week’s episode, ‘Your Next Cycle Seems to be Late,’ on our websiteiTunes, or in any other podcast player. Be sure to rate us on iTunes and send us a donation to keep the lights on.

★ Select framed versions of “we(act)” are for sale. Reply if you are interested.


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Special shout out to the 10 supporters this week:

Jayson, Subi, the Revision Path podcast, Allyson, Will, Chad, Jessica, David, Joelle, and Jen.

You keep this boat a float. Only $216 to go before this becomes sustainable!

This week’s Fieldwork title comes from “Live Your Life” by T.I. (featuring Rihanna).

Thanks for reading, and see you next week.


James T. Green