Conceptual art, which I enjoy both observing and doing, is big on text, and on the manipulation of same. I decided early in my daily text project that it would be interesting to search out certain words in a given area of the newspaper and see what came up.
My first approach was to find all the people listed on page one for that day.
I plan to repeat these recipes many times in the coming year. I look forward to seeing how the front page names reflect what's going on in current events, but also the lives of people we'll never hear of again.
Some days, of course, you can't do a decent list piece. More than once I've looked at the front page only to find lots of stories with hardly any people (doesn't seem possible, but it happens), where all the photos are of oil wells or tornado damage rather than of people. I've done a couple of alphabet pieces solely because I was fortunate to find a Q and an X, although on one I had to use a lowercase z. A good day is finding a guy named Xander and a guy named Zaire, going to Qatar for a soccer tournament.