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Liminal Thinking by Dave Gray

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PRINCIPLE4Beliefs Create Blind Spots

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

—Henry David Thoreau

In the early 1990s, I worked as a news artist at a newspaper called the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Even then, it was clear that the newspaper industry was in trouble, so I decided that it was time I found a different career. One of the careers I was thinking about was becoming a university professor. I went to the local university and found an art teacher so I could learn more about it.

He wasn’t very encouraging. He showed me a big stack of resumes and told me, in a very condescending way, that his department received hundreds of applications for every open position, that these positions opened very rarely, and anyway, he didn’t ...

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