This short essay is part of a series called ‘Writing on Writing.’ This series takes a few different forms, and in this post, I’m featuring some of the art that fuels my creativity. Want to see content like this more often? Consider supporting me on Patreon.
It’s been a really tough week, but the month was alright. So here’s the art that kept me going.
A Sea of Glass by C. Drew Harvell
This interesting little book explores some of the more unusual creatures in the ocean, focusing on finding the real-life counterparts to incredible glass-blown pieces made decades ago. It can be a tad sad when nit highlights how climate change is affecting the oceans, so only look into it if you can handle that.
All That Jazz 1979
This masterpiece of a movie is Bob Fosse’s autofiction in film. I happened to watch it the night before I found out about my grandmother, which I think was good. The movie has a lot to say about reckoning with death, and I found that comforting after the fact.
Everything Everywhere All At Once 2022
This absolutely stunning piece is about complicated family relationships, but is also hilarious and has some of the best performances I’ve seen in a film. It’s still playing in theaters, and I highly recommend you go watch it.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
I’m late to the party on this one. The slow, subtle horror of it will be swirling in my head for months. Having this floating in my subconscious is going to do wonders for my writing, I can feel it.
Hot Fuzz 2007
I’m late to the party on this one, too. If you need something that’ll warm your heart and crack you up, this is the way to go.
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch 2019
This is worth watching just to see the wonderful André De Shields. He’s nearly as magnetic on film as he is in person. Not to mention, there is some great kid acting and singing that’ll really blow your mind.
This odd, quiet film takes place in Colombia. It’s about sound as much as it’s about the plot, and Tilda Swinton is stunning.
Neptune Frost 2021
This radical Afrofuturist musical hates the Western viewer just as much as it informs. I’ve truly never seen anything like it.
As always, I would love for you to share the things that are inspiring you right now. Love and gratitude, friends.