And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for rewards back because it has favored us with animation.Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity
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“When I wrote ‘Fahrenheit 451’ I hated book burners and I loved libraries. So there you are.”Ray Bradbury
— Ray Bradbury, [easyazon_link identifier=”0061131555″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Farewell Summer[/easyazon_link]
A book triggers the imagination. A movie tells all.
A book can change your life. A film can change your perception, but only momentarily.
Reading creates a theater inside your head
When it comes to reading versus watching a screen, it’s all about mind control. You can either make your own mental movie or acquiesce to the images fed on a wall. Said Ray Bradbury in an interview with Bradbury scholar Sam Weller:
It’s different because when you read it, you’re creating it in your own theater inside your head. But a film is total realism. You can’t change it, it’s right there, there’s nothing you can do about it. You can change a book in your mind. Every book is like Japanese flowers that go into your head and they sink down through the water inside your head, and then open out. The difference between books and film is books are unreality. They open up inside the head. They become yours. They’re more personal. Films are immediate and insistent. They’re like a bully. They bully you with their brilliance and you can’t turn away from them. Later you may, in remembrance, change them, but you can’t have the immediate thing that the book does where it fantasizes in the head. After all, it’s only print, it doesn’t mean anything. You have to learn at a certain age how to read those symbols and turn them into paper flowers that open in the mind. A film makes you think you know everything — you don’t. You can’t escape film.
- Social media
People enjoy low brain activities because it gives them the option to unthink. Whether it’s movies or endless Instagram scrolling, the images are there telling us what to think.
Reading or listening to music, on the other hand, may take your mind places. As Ray Bradbury once put it, books create a ‘theater inside your head.’
When you pursue the answers out of passiveness, the mind takes a seat. Idleness is ok in moderation.
No one’s waiting for you to get off the couch and exercise your imagination. The door to exceptional wonder is open at all times.
Below are five links I think you'll find interesting. As always, listen to a new tune and old gem after the jump.
Aziz Ansari has great advice for people in creative slumps. When he's uninspired, comedian Aziz Ansari does nothing at all: “I’m not gonna make stuff just for the sake of making stuff. I want to make stuff ’cause I’m inspired. Right now I don’t really feel inspired.” Should we force creativity? I think we know how Steven Pressfield would respond to this.
The Intuitive Thing: Ray Bradbury on the Arts. I love what Ray Bradbury said about books versus movies in this interview: “when you read…you’re creating it in your own theater inside your head. But a film is total realism. You can’t change it, it’s right there, there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Inside the husband-and-wife architecture duo’s sprawling Cape Town home. South African architect Gawie Fagan built his house in 1965 into the surrounding natural environment. At 91-years-old, he still lives there with his wife and still goes to the office every day.
Thought of the week
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it’s not open.”
New track on loop
Nathan Fake — REMAIN (Olga Wojciechowska Rework)
Digging in the crates
Erick Sermon – Music (2001)
Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!
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