Hey, guys. Not much to add this week. That’s because I’m busying looking for a job after my internship at The Gazette dried up. Know anyone who’d want me to write stuff for them? Lemme know in the comments or tweet at me!
Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
I think the best way to describe Beirut is “old country folk music.” A mature voice leads a chorus of trumpet, accordions, and tambourines that sounds like it came from Mother Russia even though the band originates from New Mexico. I’m not sure what I like about them, but there’s something special about it. In a way, Beirut’s music reminds me of Sigur Rós, and that’s definitely a good thing. Listen to Postcards from Italy, Rhineland (Heartland), Nantes, and, of course, my favorite: The Rip Tide.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim is almost three years old now. Can you believe that? And here I am, more than 500 hours in, still occasionally playing it. I haven’t even beaten the main quest. In fact, the only questline I’ve truly completed is the Dark Brotherhood one. How is this possible? Well, I don’t fast travel, I read almost every book, I talk to everyone and and actually listen to what they say, and I take my time exploring the world instead of rushing from one objective to the next. In other words, I roleplay. I don’t care about Skyrim’s lackluster combat, stupid AI, or glitchy quests. No other game has immersed me into a virtual world in quite the way Skyrim has. I can’t wait for Bethesda’s next open-world adventure.