Last Week in Review: [Aug 29 – Sep 2]

This is what happened to us last week:

  • Random-word renga happened to us.
  • As did a Camus quote (from “The Myth of Sisyphus”): “…Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.”
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey happened to us. We talked about how some movies make meaning for an audience and some invite the audience to make meaning on its own. The latter kind of movie is more abstract and ambiguous, on purpose. Not every interpretation of such a movie is valid, but by definition there’s always more than one valid interpretation. Sometimes those interpretations are very different and may even be at odds with one another. A movie like 2001 (and a filmmaker like Stanley Kubrick) is very comfortable with that idea.
  • David Foster Wallace happened to us. He made us consider the lobster. There were footnotes. And existential angst.
  • The Clash happened to us. It was loud. Instinctive. (Secretly intellectual.)
  • Also Mr. Slatton happened to us. He shared his insights and experiences re: music, creativity, instinct, intellect. A good time was had by all.
  • Books happened to us. As in the ones we’re reading right now.
  • Some Rock & Roll pictures happened to us. That was cool.
  • We encountered invitations to create.
  • We noticed all kinds of things.
  • And there were dolphins. Leaping! (Sometimes.)

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