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.
Penpal isn’t a book (well, it is now) but a series of creepypasta stories originally posted on Reddit. There are some noticeable plot holes (the author made up each story sequentially, but they take place at altering times), but overall, it’s a tense story about growing up with a stalker. You can read it here.
A friend showed me a drum cover of Drake’s Get It Together, and I loved it immediately, so I decided to listen to his latest album. If you’re a fan of hip-hop, I’m sure you’ll like it; I’m not a hip-hop head and I didn’t even dislike the record. But if you like Get It Together, Passionfruit is another good tune.
Mat Zo is a young DJ who I’ve been following when he only had singles such as Rebound to his name. He has two albums now, and they both have good songs. I recommend Lucid Dream, Time Dilation, and Easy.