Giving thanks to Artists and Organizations

So many artists and organizations are out there doing interesting things, but it takes more than a cursory glance at their work to appreciate fully what they have to contribute. In today’s busy world, not everyone has time to do that on their own, and thus many artists and innovators go unappreciated. Fortunately for you, noble reader, the nsavides blog is here to help.

Below are links to a few of the artists and organizations I’ve profiled on the nsavides blog, arranged from newest to oldest. I hope you’ll find something of interest, someone for whom you can give thanks. On that note, I wish you and your loved ones a warm and festive Thanksgiving. Cheers!


1. Martin Scorsese

The iconic NY director is known for his gangster films, but he also has a spiritual side that you might have missed:


2. Zappos

This online shoe company has developed a legendary service reputation. Here’s what happened when I decided to find out for myself if their service lives up to the hype:


3. John Ford

The man who turned the Western into a well respected art form around the world was also a great American. Here’s why:


4. Will Eisner

The godfather of today’s graphic novels showed us that comic books can be more than children’s books:


5. J.K. Rowling

Why the Harry Potter series is better and has more depth than “adult” novels from critically acclaimed writers like Philip Roth:


6. George Stevens

This director of classic films like Swing Time, Shane, Giant, A Place in the Sun, and The Greatest Story Ever Told is not widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest directors. Here’s why he should be:


7. Cameron Crowe
This esteemed director behind films like Say Anything, Almost Famous, and Jerry Maguire makes being optimistic look cool again:


8.  Small Giants

In this seminal business book, Inc. editor Bo Burlingham makes the case that successful businesses can also be soulful and considerate:


9. Pixar

Pixar is the only movie studio in the United States that has a 100% track record of producing hits. This might have something to do with it:


10. Target

The company shows us how to have good taste without being snobby about it:

2 Responses to “Giving thanks to Artists and Organizations”

  • I give thanks for Nick Savides, a writer, director, artist and admirer of all three; a cynical idealist who wishes the world would be better and works towards being better.

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