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Monday, April 23, 2012

Dreams, jungles . . . and creativity | Pari Noskin Taichert, Murderati: The Writer's Life

Taichert begins:
Although sleep has been elusive for a few weeks because of work worries, I often think about dreams past and what they can still yield in the weedy garden of my current imagination. The extraordinary and wonderful disjointedness of dreams is especially fascinating because, in the moment of dreaming, all dreams make sense. They merely defy waking analysis.
She continues, touching on ideas that, as I read her words, have been getting my attention lately: story-telling, serendipity and making connections. She also writes about a college class she took by chance, on jungles and mythology.

Approaching the end of her blog, Taichert notes that she had planned to write it about "the fragility of creativity"--and how it needs to be nurtured and practiced "yadda yadda yadda." But, instead, she wrote it about dreams and jungles instead, and she asks why?

Taichert's answer:
Perhaps the point, if there is one, might be that dreams -- like jungles -- allow seemingly unrelated topics to merge and, when we least expect it, creativity works in the same way.
I like that. 
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