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Book Review: Art Matters

Art Matters:  Because Your Imagination Can Change The World, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell I had read most of the text in this particular book before, but only because it was included in the author’s large collection of … Continue reading

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On Creativity: A Creator Reflects On His Own Creativity: Part One

One of the truths that is easy enough to uncover when it relates to creativity is that it is easiest for us to talk about ourselves and our own creativity.  We are the creators we know best, after all.  Just … Continue reading

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Towards A Theology Of Creation In Thomas Merton’s Writings

While the subject of the theology of Creation is far too large a one to tackle in the course of a modest piece of writing like this, it is worthwhile at least to write some about it and about where … Continue reading

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Book Review: Go To Jail!

Go To Jail!:  A Look At Prisons Through The Ages, by Peter Kent It is hard to figure out who exactly this book is for.  How many children are fascinated by prisons?  I grew up with some understanding of prisons, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The War Of Art

The War Of Art:  Break Through The Blocks And Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield This book is one of those volumes where the author gets to relish in being a jerk and views himself as superior to … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman And The Creation Of Good Art

In his commencement speech to the University of Arts in Philadelphia on May 17, 2012, writer Neil Gaiman urged students to “make good art [1].”  Specifically, he was encouraging them to make art that only they can make, being original … Continue reading

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Book Review: The View From The Cheap Seats

The View From The Cheap Seats:  Selected Nonfiction, by Neil Gaiman For the record, this is the first book I have read by the author.  Even though I am at least somewhat of a fan of speculative fiction, I have … Continue reading

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Book Review: Seeker Of Knowledge

Seeker Of Knowledge:  The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs, by James Rumford This book is a pleasant and surprisingly instructive children’s book on the life of Jean-Françios Champollion.  To be sure, there is some oversimplification here, as the author focuses … Continue reading

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On The Mixed Motives Of Creativity

In the 45th lecture (out of 48) in his series on listening to and understanding the music of the Western classical tradition, Professor Robert Greenberg attempts a defense of 20th century music (as well as late 19th century Romantic music) … Continue reading

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Book Review: How Art Made The World

How Art Made The World:  A Journey To The Origins Of Human Creativity, by Nigel Spivey Sometimes books can be helpful in unintentional ways.  Such was the case with this book, which managed through a perspective that is antithetical to … Continue reading

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