In lament of the mid-list: coming this week

culture crash coverIn case you didn’t notice, the world that writers and other creative types inhabit has been shrinking steadily over the past [insert number here] years.

For Scott Timberg, shrinkage is probably a term that’s too gentle.  The title of his new book makes clear how he feels about it:  Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class.  When you look back–and you don’t have to look too far–you find communities of support and different kinds of patronage that have enabled people to pursue their creative callings, whether it was designing a building, writing a book, making music, or working in a record store and educating customers about new bands.  So much of this is going away, and Scott offers an invigorating look in his new book at some reasons why.

Call of the Siren is very proud to have him here for an interview this coming week.  Stay tuned, my friends, this one is worth it.

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4 responses

  1. It’s a date! Newton finessed his theory of gravity whilst lying on the grass under an apple tree. Perhaps creativity is intrinsically linked with lack of stress and with the great outdoors…I certainly think I would be more creative if I weren’t as pulled into as many directions as I am. I guess this is not the point of the book, but I just wanted to get it out of my chest!

  2. I’m with you, friend — the creativity doesn’t flow when I’m getting pulled in too many directions. I’ve had to train myself to accept my circumstances and let go until the hecticness passes — and, for me, it’s much easier said than done. A long lesson. Nice to hear from you again!

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