Resources

On this page i am collecting resources i have found inspiring or enlightening—documentaries, books, essays that hold through time.

Documentaries

East to West

A documentary series i am watching as part of my haphazard research into the divergence of East and Western culture.

 

Books

Inventing Beatrice

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.

 

Tools

HabitSeed

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.

 

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7 thoughts on “Resources

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  2. I haven’t seen it, but i’ve heard of it and it’s on my to-watch list. I stayed with a woman who took me in once, and she had a copy of the book – the woman who rode the camel was from the next town over … so i’ve touched the story, so to speak, and it’s inspired me immensely, but i haven’t actually read the book or seen the movie. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. That’s cool. I love connections like that. I haven’t read the book either but the story portrayed in the movie was pretty incredible. Also made me think of Rabbit Proof Fence, another inspiring Aussie trek. I’m a bit of a film buff, can you tell?

    • I don’t think i’ve seen that one either … and i’m Aussie! Where are you from? I love to know of people watching Australian film from abroad. You might like Red Dog as well.

      • Red Dog certainly does that – it’s classic Australiana. The Castle is another bewdy. I’d love to get to California someday. A Japanese cycle tourist I met in Mallacoota gave me a copy of Richard Brautigan’s “Revenge of the Lawn”, which is absolutely fantastic and has some interesting perspectives on California.

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