I was listening to one of my favourite podcasts the other day (it’s Song Exploder btw and I will go on the record that witnessing people recount the creative process will continue to be fascinating till the end of time)
Anyway, onwards we go.
This particular episode featured Laura Marling, a singer songwriting recounting a songs to a metaphorical daughter.
The part that struck me as I was wandering and wondering along was this idea that Marling recounts around the nature of curiosity and the inherent cost that it exacts on the holder.
The more curious you are the more likely you are to find the parts of this world that you didn’t want to find. The further out in to the unknown you go, the more likely you are to find the ghosts that you didn’t need to or know existed.
I found this a compelling idea, that our innate need to know has a cost albeit an unseen one and one that can have a high price should we not be able to integrate that knowledge into the ongoing coming and goings of our days.
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Explore The Curiosity
Short of the Week | Youtube | 24th August 2021
Brian and Charles are just like any other roommates. They enjoy bedroom dance parties and competitive games of Scrabble, pull dated clothes from each others’ closets, and even argue over whose food is whose. In most senses, the bond between the perpetually disheveled pair is typical of other friendships, Yet, Charles is a bumbling, redundant robot Brian built during an intense depression one winter, and now they’re stuck together. (Watch).
Natasha Tripney | Vittles | 23rd August 2021
On "Yugonostalgia" and how food can keep a national identity alight long after the nation is gone. Despite very few Yugoslav restaurants existing, the food survives through home cooking. "Flaky pastry, hot from the oven, seeping grease through its paper bag, accompanied by a drink of yoghurt and, almost inevitably, a cigarette, remains the ex-Yugoslavian breakfast of choice" (Read).
Wired | YouTube | 20th August 2021
Coffee addiction fueled the Enlightenment. Voltaire drank 72 cups a day, Diderot wrote an encyclopedia on caffeine, and coffee houses across Europe acted as petri dishes for intellectual exploration. As a life-enhancing drug, it's far superior to alcohol. "Caffeine allows you also to break your ties to the rhythms of the sun," by "borrowing energy from your future and giving it to you in the present" (Watch).
Philip Jozef Brubaker| Vimeo | 9th September 2017
Succinct visual essay about an under-appreciated technique in cinema — the sudden and skilful change of focus mid shot that a director can use to direct the viewer's gaze (Watch).
The Contemplation Station
"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done"
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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