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Art of the Living Dead

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Why Zombies?
You and a few survivors are fighting for your lives and the world is against you. Can you relate to this metaphor? Will you survive, or die trying?

Chapter 2. Armageddon
There is no shortage of world-ending catastrophes threatening us daily. Could the answer be to change the definition of creativity?

Chapter 3. The Birth of a Zombie
Creativity comes so easily to children. Why do artistic children grow up to be useless adults?

Chapter 4. Learning the Unteachable
We could blame the education system, but what if the solution was trapped in our minds just waiting for the right teacher to unlock it?

Chapter 5. The Historical Conquest of Art
What does it mean to be a creative individual living in a world where the term “art” has been bankrupted by centuries of misuse?

Chapter 6. Artifacts of Thought
What can objects tell us about their makers, and why would anyone want to subject themselves to the ridicule that new creations must endure?

Chapter 7. Infestation and Eradication
The corporate workplace is devastating to humanity. Sometimes don’t you just wish you could destroy it?

Chapter 8. Zugzwang and Kintsugi
What if victory didn’t require action? What if we honored our failure?

Chapter 9. Shortcut Addiction
Seemingly harmless shortcuts compound into catastrophic failures. Can we train ourselves to prevent mistakes that come from trusting our instincts?

Chapter 10. The Taste of Zombies
We are bred to recognize brands. Could this basic human trait be used against us without us even noticing?

Chapter 11. The Threat of Creativity
Why do the best ideas receive the greatest opposition? Why can’t good ideas survive the committee?

Chapter 12. Impostor Syndrome
When it comes to doing meaningful work we are our own worst enemy. Can we win more of our internal battles?

Chapter 13. Zombies Don’t Cry
Emotion is a violation of our carefully regulated exteriors. What does this tell us about human interactions?

Chapter 14. Magic and the Illusion of Talent
Spoiler, there is no such thing as magic. Or talent. Do these words damage ambition and prevent us from reaching our potential?

Chapter 15. Zombie Economics
The world used to be run by advertising swindlers, influence manipulators, infrastructure trolls, and spammers. If those formulas don’t work any more, what does?

Chapter 16. The Zombie-mobile
What happens in the time between when the concept model captures the world’s imagination and when the production model ships with yawn-inducing reviews?

Chapter 17. Inside or Out
Are there artists working in zombie-infested companies? Is it possible to change an industry without insider leverage?

Chapter 18. Zombie Airlines
What can we learn from the tragic story of an artist who was fired for defending the company he worked for?

Chapter 19. Zombies in Flight
Why did the Wright Brothers succeed and the people with the money, fame, and degrees fail?

Chapter 20. Bullet Holes of Honor
The success stories we recite have a fatal flaw. Are we blind to the actual lessons we should be learning about success?

Chapter 21. Ingredients of Creativity
The secrets of creative success are simple, but you aren’t going to like them. Why is the formula for creativity so counter-intuitive?

Chapter 22. The Moon Rocket Man
We say we want to be successful, but would you trade places with the man responsible for putting man in space? I doubt it.

Chapter 23. Origins of Inspiration
True inspiration is overwhelming. Will you embrace it and let it destroy you? Can this wild animal be tamed?

Chapter 24. Success, Turbulence and Implosion
Let’s say you succeed. What will you do when things inevitably go off the rails?

Chapter 25. Post Apocalypse
A final chapter and a final challenge. When you finish reading this will you be ready to keep fighting for your vision?