The HBO series Carnivale has been inspiring me.
We recently picked up Carnivalé on DVD, and are enjoying season one. This series was broadcast on HBO in 2004 and only lasted two seasons before being cancelled, but not before attracting attention and kudos for its haunting stories, great cast, and movie-quality production values.
Carnivalé presents . . . → Read More: On Creativity: Carnivalé and the Hero’s Journey
I’ve been revisiting and researching famous stories and hero myths, starting from the most recent, pop cultural stories and their influences, and then digging down deeper into personal territory, furrowing paths that lead me to my mother and father, and to my images and beliefs of myself.
I’m a fan of pop culture, comic books, . . . → Read More: On Research and Creativity: Archetypes and Inspiration…
In a recreation centre basement, a middle-aged man feels that old anxiety – the anxiety of having to speak in front of a group of strangers. The address he must make now is especially poignant. He clears his throat and swallows the fat dry lump that had formed there.
He pictures a room filled with . . . → Read More: On Connecting to those worlds out there…
Once in a while, an artist will inspire me, and make me appreciate connections to other artists, from the current time, or from a relatively distant point in the past. . . . → Read More: On Creativity: Multiple Media and a Billion Artists
Once in a while, when one feels they are in a bit of a creative slump (I suppose “downturn” is the fashionable term for it nowadays), it helps to be reminded of some of the great artists whose work has inspired me in the past. I have recently become inspired (again) by Orson Welles.
I’ve . . . → Read More: On Creativity: Inspired by Orson Welles
Bathroom wall graffiti gives a glimpse of the way people think: it is drect, anonymous and comes with little sense of responsibility, similar to how most people’s backyards tell us how the homeowner truly lives.
Bathroom wall scribbles hardly qualify as art or creative writing, but I can think of some that is more creative . . . → Read More: Enigmatic Memes: Bathroom Grafitti I Have Known
How the hell did writers ever do research in the days before the Internet? A lot of cultural and technological development took place to get us where we are today.
I’m not exactly a digital native – I remember the days before Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google. I remember the days before the web, and . . . → Read More: On Research: How did it ever get done before the Internet?
Have gaming and interactive storytelling finally matured to a new level? This is the impression I’m left with after reading reviews and watching clips from Rockstar/Team Bondi’s impressive new game, “L.A. Noire”.
Granted, I’m no gamer. Hell, I’m practically a neophyte. In the last year, I’ve probably spent more time playing Bejewelled and Angry Birds . . . → Read More: From Rockstars to Sleuths: Has 3D Game Storytelling Matured?
Check out these posts by Tom Williams, a literary agent and biographer of hard-boiled crime fiction master, Raymond Chandler.
Tom is reviewing the new Rockstar game, “LA Noire”:
LA Noire and Raymond Chandler (Part 1)
LA Noire and The Big Sleep
LA Noire and Raymond Chandler (Part 1) . . . → Read More: Game Noir? “LA Noire” and Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles
It seems like the last few times I’ve read certain authors, their names have become prefixed with “Uncle” in my mind. Is that weird? Well, maybe. It’s human though.
I guess I want to identify with, or feel connected to good storytellers.
When I read Einstein’s book on Relativity, his voice was so distinctively heard . . . → Read More: On Reading: Raymond Chandler, a Biography