If I was a cat, I’d have run through my 9 lives already.
Being a curious fellow, I continually seek sources of ongoing inspiration and insight. Given the tsunami of information inundating us on the “interwebs,” you want a reliable guide to topics you like to explore. Subscribing to a trusted guide’s e-newsletter streamlines the search process even more. Which simply means you’ve got even more fascinating leads to follow as you dig deeper and deeper into a really rich vein of golden nuggets. Allow me to share 3 of my favorite sources for reading on topics such as creativity, productivity and inspiration: Maria Popova, Austin Kleon, and Hugh MacLeod.
Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings blog presents themes of creativity and provides a springboard off into various associated worlds with each entry. Each post focuses on one book, author or theme, offering an introductory overview, connective contexts and just enough tasty bites of the Raw Stuff — excerpts or quotes from an artist or author — to whet the curiosity and spur further exploration. The themes, authors and books she addresses cross-pollinate well, so many articles link back to earlier similar articles, offering a further enrichment of the experience. It’s an easy rabbit-hole to tumble into and it’s always an enjoyable tumble every time I take it. I first ran across Brain Pickings on Facebook, but quickly signed up for the weekly e-newsletter she sends out. Once you’re hooked, you won’t to want to miss a single episode!
Austin Kleon (whom I’ve mentioned here on the Back Porch before) offers a weekly e-newletter as well. These come out on Friday evening, just in time for some weekend reading, so check it out and start receiving another stream on inspiration in your inbox. Part of my recent Texas Book Festival experience included this conversation between Austin and Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two, about creative collaborators — think Lennon & McCartney, but also lesser-known collaborative partners such as Tiger Woods & his caddy, Steve Williams. I haven’t read the book yet, but how perfect to learn of this particular book through just such a conversation as Austin and Joshua shared with a rapt TBF audience sitting in that Saturday.
Hugh MacLeod (Gaping Void) sends me one of his delightful, insightful drawings daily. Well, me and everyone else who signs up for his daily e-newsletter. I first encountered Hugh’s work in the Marfa Book Company (worth the drive!) when I picked up Ignore Everybody (And 39 Other Keys to Creativity) and I’ve been enjoying his work ever since. Some days, the email with his daily drawing is the icing on the cake and others days, it’s the perfect antidote to that day’s downers. Either way, it’s always an email I open immediately.
So there’s 3 great sources of inspiration about creativity for your consideration. Try any one of these authors and you may find yourself hooked — I sure have.
Sign up for their e-newsletters and enjoy tumbling down a reading rabbit-hole on a regular basis!