63: Just Like Grandpappy Did

by Max Leibman

Can a preliminary sketch still be considered “art?” (Given how little editing Max does some weeks, our hosts hope so!) An exhibition of unfinished works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art inspires this episode’s topic: rough drafts. 

Caitie reminds us to appreciate our drafts, or even our rough-around-the-edges finished projects; a rough approximation is sometimes the best we can do and helps get us to something better. Max, meanwhile, points out that everything is a draft—even the most polished product represents where the creator stopped working, not some Platonic ideal of what it could be. 

From Kanye West to Harper Lee, and from Kevin Smith’s Clerks to refugee scientists’ unfinished studies, the Priority team contemplates and celebrates the imperfect and incomplete. These works which may be stepping stones to something better, but in any case are better than nothing. 


Conestoga Wagon | Wikipedia

Antiques Roadshow | PBS

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Segway Inc. | Wikipedia

Self-Balancing Scooter | Wikipedia

NPR Shop | National Public Radio

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Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"You Gonna Finish That? What We Can Learn From Artworks In Progress" by Susan Stamberg | Morning Edition

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee | Amazon

Priority Episode No. 16: "Time, Cost, Quality or Cupholder?" | Previous Episode

"Pop Culture Happy Hour: Hamilton, Kanye And Gilmore Girls" by Linda Holmes | NPR's Monkey See

The Life of Pablo by Kanye West | Wikipedia

"Three Dragon Concept" by Kat | The 100 Day Reality Challenge

David (Michelangelo) | Wikipedia

Paul Cézanne | Wikipedia

Jackson Pollock | Wikipedia

Clerks | IMDB / Amazon

Clerks (jump to "Production") | Wikipedia

"Leo Interviews Merlin Mann" by Leo Babuta | Zen Habits

The Journal of Interrupted Studies | Oxford

"Nascent Journal To Help Refugees Preserve And Publish Their Research" by Renee Montagne | Morning Edition

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Publication Bias | Wikipedia

Journal of Negative Results in BioMedicine | BioMed Central

"Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift | YouTube

"The Bourne Identity Movie Clip - Paris Chase" | YouTube

Bourne (Film Series) | Wikipedia

Spy | IMDB / Amazon

Ghostbusters (2016) | IMDB