The inspiration list 23/11/2019


Not going to lie guys, I’ve not been feeling particularly creative this last few weeks. I’ve been super ill and it’s made me not feel like doing much writing.

What I try and do in this situation is find loads of stuff that other people are doing to try and inspire me, which is handy for this blog!

So here’s the list of things I’ve been listening to, reading and watching this week.

The book

I talked about it on the last inspiration list but Adam Buxton’s podcast put me on to a writer called Shoshana Zuboff. Since then, I’ve bought her book,  ‘The age of surveillance capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.’

It’s both excellent and terrifying, setting out a roadmap of how big organisations like Google have convinced us that allowing them unfettered access to our personal, private information is a necessary requirement for access to the digital world.

I know it’s an odd thing to get passionate about but I’ve become obsessed with ePrivacy and the debate around data mining.

I’ve been really interested in a guy called Johnny Ryan as well who is a strong advocate of individual privacy online.

Part of my comedy writing ‘block’ the last couple of weeks (not that I believe in writers block) is that I’ve been desperately trying and failing to write jokes around the ePrivacy debate. Hopefully, when I crack it, it will be worth it!

The film

I’ve been watching ‘Why are we creative?’ by Herman Vaske.

It’s a fascinating film tat sees Hermann travel the world, talking to incredible creative people and posing them the question, ‘why are you creative’.

While it seems like a simple question on the surface, it inspires a whole multitude of responses and stories. It’s well worth a watch.

The musical choices and Hermann’s very straight, no nonsense presentation style means that parts of the documentary come across as sinister but don’t let that put you off!

What really stood out for me in the film was Quentin Tarantino saying that he believed his creativity was a gift, but what separated him from others was that he was able to apply that gift.

Slavoj Žižek was probably closest to my own thoughts on creativity which is that everyone is inherently creative and driven to be creative but it is the application of that drive that enables you to be creative.

As always, Bowie is incredible and erudite and inspiring. His sections in the documentary reminded me of the video’s I love of Bowie on authenticity and refusing to play to the gallery and his top 10 rules for success.

This documentary is incredible, and well worth a watch!

The podcast

The Adam Buxton podcast get’s a lot of mentions on this blog but I find that Adam is incredible at sharing the things that inspire him and he rarely steers people wrong.

He briefly mentioned a podcast recently called ‘Secret Artists with Annie McGrath‘.

It’s a really lovely series, in the classic, comedian’s speaking to comedian’s vein but with a really nice format that sees the host and guest sit and paint together and discuss art and creativity in quite a relaxing manner.

What I love about it is the over-arching message about the value of creating something that isn’t meant to be seen by other people or shared. Just creating for the sake of it.

The comedian

This week, I found a comedian called Nick Thune.

His style is so left field and different to anything I’ve seen other people do. His story about backflip bank robber is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while and pastor Nick really made me giggle.

That’s it for now gang. As always, let me know anything that’s got you inspired this week!!

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