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Nurturing Creativity

In a TED Talk titled “Nurturing Creativity,” Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, explores the creative process.  She also explores the word genius.  We usually associate that word with a rare person who is somehow marginalized from society and set under a profound light.  However, Gilbert argues that instead of being a genius, we all have a genius that inspires us.

This genius is a type of muse, which was commonly referred to among ancient Greeks.  A muse can be a spirit, a goddess, or even a real person.  A muse is a source of knowledge or insight. Gilbert mentions that Socrates, the great philosopher, had a “daemon” that occasionally popped by to lend some inspiration.

American poet and author Ruth Stone uses a beautiful metaphor to describe the creative process.  An idea is like a storm, rolling over the hills and heading toward the first writer it sees. If the writer can get to a pen and paper fast enough, the storm will run right through her and spill onto the paper.  If the writer doesn’t get there fast enough, the storm will swell through the writer and search for the next one.

That storm is the muse.  From time to time, the muse enters us suddenly.  We have to use these moments to our advantage and let the muse conduct the writing.  This inspiration is precious and unseen.  It sneaks up on you and it is your job to be ready to use it. When the muse decides to take a leave of absence, or even hibernate, the writer still has a duty to show up for work.  (This “genius” is known for being flaky).

This should ease some writers’ doubt and anxiety.  A common fear among writers is that their work is not as good as former work, or that it is not original.  Now you have an excuse.  Just tell yourself that the muse was absent a lot.  The muse is there to praise but also to blame.  So just keep writing. You will produce some “bad” writing and then you will have surges of great writing, and you have to appreciate those moments.  You have to filter out the bad to get the good.  If you lose inspiration, just remember the muse will come around.  Just be patient.

-Sarah Diedrick

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Name That Movie (Better)

You ever wonder where writers come up with movie titles?

Half the time, the titles make sense and we understand what the movie is going to be about. “Date Night,” “Death at a Funeral” and especially “Hot Tub Time Machine” are pretty self-explanatory.

But there are some movie names that I just don’t get.

So I’m going to play a game. Looking at a list of movies coming out this summer, I’m gonna take a stab at what each one is about without having read a description or looked at the poster. Game on, Hollywood.

Mother's Day

“Iron Man 2” – The story of Iron Man’s son, Iron Man II.

“Letters to Juliet” – the follow-up to “Dear John.”

“Stone” – The Rock has an identity crisis.

“Mother’s Day” – a loving story about a family celebrating Mother’s Day.

“Robin Hood” – a white man named Robin moves to the Bronx. Hilarity and cultural understanding ensue.

“Shrek 4 Ever After” – Shrek becomes immortal.

Splice

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” – A prince must defeat an opponent in Pictionary before the sand in the timer runs out.

“Sex and the City 2” – everyone has sex twice?

“Killers” – A band of ordinary citizens are hired by the CIA to assassinate terrorists. “Mr. Brightside” plays in the background.

“Marmaduke” – a documentary of how the jam gets made, from the factory to your kitchen! Wait… that’s marmalade

“Splice” – Slacker bio majors start a pizza chain in NYC.

“Get him to the Greek” – A dude must transport another dude to Greece, perhaps to consult with the mythological Greek gods about an STD.

“The A-Team” – Well they had to name the movie this, no one would go watch the flippin’ C-Team.

Jonah Hex

“Jonah Hex” – Jonah Hill plays a cursed teenager.

“Grown Ups” – a spin-off of “Parenthood”?

“Eclipse” – Sequel to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” but in documentary form. Morgan Freeman narrates.

“Knight and Day” – Story of an insomniac horseman.

“The Last Airbender” – Two hotshot Frisbee teams from opposite sides of the track face off to see who will rule the park (coincidentally positioned between their neighborhoods) for the summer.

“Leaves of Grass” – A gardener creates a mutant. It’s Frankenstein for the botanist.

“Predators” – Human traffickers are pursued by cops.

Despicable Me

“Despicable Me” – A serious, Oscar-worthy drama about a woman’s descent into drug use.

“Inception” – A porno?

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” – Harry Potter looks back on his childhood. Dumbledore narrates.

“Ramona and Beezus” – A tale of two lovers. It is uncertain whether one of them is a cartoon.

“Salt” – Morgan Spurlock eats nothing but sodium for 30 days.

“Beastly” – Sequel to “Beauty and the Beast.” The Beast gets his revenge.

Takers

“I Love You Philip Morris” – It’s “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton,” but for guys.

“The Other Guys” – The ones who didn’t win a date with Tad Hamilton.

“Eat Pray Love” – An overweight, middle-aged woman comes to terms with her body, and life and religion in the process.

“Priest” – A church father looks back and tells his coming-of-age tale. Mel Gibson directs.

“Scott Pilgrim v. the World” – A grueling look at pilgrims coming over on the Santa Maria; they fight the Native Americans for territory.

“The Expendables” – Story of those who auditioned but didn’t get cast in “The A-Team.”

“Takers” – Shoplifters fight the system.

– Sonya Chudgar

Ham-sa – I am That

“You need to read this!” My friend plopped down beside me and tossed a worn-out book into my lap. Eat, Pray, Love. “One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, an Indonesia”. I humored her and took my time looking at the cover, all the while wondering whether I really wanted to read about one woman’s search for happiness. Wasn’t it hard enough keeping track of my own? I couldn’t have known that I would bring my worn-out copy to college five months later.

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How often do you say you are “fine”? You know, you aren’t great, but you aren’t bad. You are just… fine. It seems like the perfect in between type of word. What does it really mean? Fucked-up, Insecure, Emotional, and Neurotic (or so I have heard). Wouldn’t it be nice to take a break from being “fine”? From homework, jobs, school, and social expectations? You become sick of drinking “enough of that damn Saint-John’s-wort tea to cheer up a whole Russian gulag” and all you want to say when someone asks you, “How are you?” is “I’m happy.”

That was Elizabeth Gilbert’s goal. Following a painful divorce and struggling with depression, she devoted one year of her life to Eating, Praying, and Loving. To Pleasure, Devotion, and Balance. But this is not a story about only herself. It is a universal story of self-discovery, and by using her own travels as an example, Elizabeth stresses how finally finding happiness on this journey changed her life.

The book encourages the reader to “self-interview” him- or herself with the most important question: “What are you really here for and what is stopping you from doing it?” Once these beginning steps of self-discovery are taken, a miraculous journey will unfold on its own. Elizabeth Gilbert started her journey by learning Italian in her New York City bathtub, and eventually found her way to the best gelateria and pizzeria in Italy.

For Elizabeth, learning about herself included taking a spiritual journey (not to be confused with religious journey). She started her relationship with God with the words: “‘Hello, God. How are you? I’m Liz. It’s nice to meet you.'” It is not God, precisely, or Allah, Shiva, Braham, Vishnu or Zeus; when asked, “‘What kind of God do you believe in?’ her answer is simple: ‘I believe in a magnificent God.'”

Following her traumatic divorce and post-divorce affair, Elizabeth had to learn to find happiness by loving herself before loving anyone else. By the end of her journey, however, she finds more to love than just herself. Eat, Pray, Love, a New York Times best-seller, is an honest, funny, and encouraging book, especially for young women.

If not already curious, I hope that one of my favorite quotes from the book will entice you to buy a copy the next time you amble through the Student Store. Upon Elizabeth’s question of the difference between Heaven and Hell, Ketut, the medicine man, answers, “Same-same…Heaven, you go up, through seven happy places. Hell, you go down, through seven sad places. This is why it better for you to go up…”

By Vicky Waldthausen