FF: Creativity Takes Many Forms

The title says it all…

For those of you just discovering this feature, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazine articles.

Sun, Book, Pillows: What More Could a Cat Want?

Sun, Book, Pillows: What More Could a Cat Want?

The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

Gaming at the Edge: Sexuality and Gender at the Margins of Gamer Culture by Adrienne Shaw.  “Gamer” here means video, not RPG.  Interesting, but dense.  Although academic jargon periodically got in the way of clarity, in the end, it was worth the read.

Who Am I? Pete Townsend.  Audiobook.  Read by Pete Townsend.  Townsend’s thoughtful, incisive view of his own struggles to realize complex artistic visions – despite some seriously self-destructive behaviors – is interesting.  His reading is quite good and means that the text is his own, not “interpreted” by a reader.  This is a huge bonus for autobiography.

The Unfairest of Them All (Ever After High #2) by Shannon Hale.  Between the above and my own crazy workweek, I really needed some lighter reading.  But even in this setting, Hale manages to slide in some serious commentary on when right is wrong and wrong is right.

In Progress:

A Wonderlandful World (Ever After High #3) by Shannon Hale.

The Great Mythologies of the World volume one in the Great Courses series.  Audio.  Sometimes, even with a subject I know a lot about, I enjoy someone else’s point of view.

Also:

Let’s just say I’ve been doing a lot of reading of my own material and leave it there.

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7 Responses to “FF: Creativity Takes Many Forms”

  1. Louis Robinson Says:

    The Great Courses are generally worth while. I usually spring for the DVDs – even in a dry history the visuals add a lot. In something like Experiencing Medieval Europe [one of their Great Tours], which I’m watching now, they’re essential. The other one I’m in the middle of is Between the Rivers [Mesopotamia, of course]

    • Jane Lindskold Says:

      I can see why in some cases the DVDs would be useful. However, my life does not contain a lot of visual media time. I listen to audio when doing other things, like chores, cooking, crafts.

      • Louis Robinson Says:

        That’s understandable. In fact, not at all surprising. I noticed a substantial upsurge in blank hours once the kids weren’t going to dance lessons 8 nights a week, but then for me, work has always been ‘at work’.

        It occurred to me as we discussed this that I would pay money, in coin of the realm even, for a set of lectures from Jim on Southwestern cultures and archaeology.

    • chadmerkley Says:

      Yeah, the Great Courses keep getting money from me. Most recently, it’s been Beethoven’s string quartets and history of the Holy Land. Their history and music stuff work very well as audio, but the science stuff needs the visual component. Their advertising can be a little aggressive, though.

      • Jane Lindskold Says:

        Agreed about the advertising. And the concessional misrepresentation of how “expert” their “experts” are… But this one sounds promising. I’m excited about revisiting this material and maybe learning a few new things.

  2. henrietta abeyta Says:

    LISTEN OR WATCH MY LIFE CONTAINS BOTH. MAKING DICISIONS WE SHOW WHO WE ARE, COOPERATING WE CREATE THE FUTURE, AND WITH VARIOUS SELF-CONCEPT DESCRIPTIONS WE ALL CREATE OUR OWN LIVES. THERE’S NO RIGHT TO BLAME OTHERS FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU IT’S WHAT LIES WITHIN US THAT MATTERS THE MOST, FOLLOW YOUR HEART!!!!!! FORGIVE YOURSELF TRY TO KEEP STRONG ENOUGH SO YOU CAN ALSO BE ASSERTIVE. AND CONCENTRATE TOO BECAUSE LIKE ONE OF THE WOLF QUOTES I READ THIS WEEK SAID, IT’S VERY TRUE YOU DON’T WANT YOUR MISTAKES TO CRUSH YOU!

  3. henrietta abeyta Says:

    GAIN PERSEVERANCE!!!

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