The Cult of Creativity
This is a place for conversations and castaways. I wrote a book called The Cult of Creativity: A Surprisingly Recent History. Writing it was largely solitary, and the whole time I wished I was just having a conversation. There was also a whole lot that didn’t make it into the book but I think is really important. (One reviewer of the book agreed!) In this space I hope to feature some of my own casual writing, scraps, and conversations with scholars, practitioners, activists, and others whose work expands on the tendrils I’ve sent out. Topic may include but are not limited to:
- The culture of work
- Positive, humanistic, and self-help psychology
- How language works
- Art, science, technology, and what we think they should be
- Postwar America
- The idea of a postindustrial society
- The professional managerial class
- Liberalism and/or neoliberalism
So! If you’re interested in these themes, or read the book and have questions, concerns, gripes, or things you want to talk about, please use this space. Comment, reach out, propose some topics or a feature. Let’s see where this goes.
Content I have created
Of Brains and Bulbs: The Visual Tropes of Creativity
When graphic designers represent creativity they tend to gravitate toward four main tropes: multicolor paint splatter, hand-drawn and/or irreverent font, brains, and light bulbs. There are visual cliches for almost every idea (think about love) but the visual culture of creativity lays plain some really interesting aspects of the concept. 1. Brains Drawings of brains…
Hustle and Flow
Stop, my creative anxiety is flaring up.
From “Cuckoo” s1e3 “The Application”
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