On this page i am collecting resources i have found inspiring or enlightening—documentaries, books, essays that hold through time.
East to West
A documentary series i am watching as part of my haphazard research into the divergence of East and Western culture.
Some early inspiration for me at the beginning of my publishing career was a book i worked on called Inventing Beatrice, by Jill Golden, about Jill’s attempt to understand her mother Beatrice through diaries of “a bohemian period of Australian history”. The absent protagonist, Beatrice’s polygamist lover, is portrayed as a sort of jerk as he and Beatrice and their loose polygamist family pursue an alternative romantic arrangement that evidently left Jill somewhat damaged. It’s hard to explain, but the account of this alternative group in hippy Australia inspired me for all their pained attempts to live happily and in love with each other.
Into the Wild
Of course, a classic. I can’t really explain how formative this story has been for me. Christopher McCandless (who dubbed himself Alexander Supertramp), adventured into the Alaskan wilderness and, sadly, died in a bus after eating some poisonous seeds. I don’t really know a story that moves me as much as this one, of a young man who died doing his best to live in harmony with nature and, i guess, reverse-engineer himself away from the oppression of society living. The original book is Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, but this tribute pages lists a few other accounts, inlcuding a link to the movie.
HabitSeed is a great little iPhone app i’ved use to form new habits or shed old ones—the idea is you ‘seed’ a new habit at the beginning and a little seed falls down from the ground to sprout, and then each day you maintain that habit you put that into the application and the seedling grows a little each day until, at the end of 21 days you have a new tree-shaped habit.