On "symbolic creativity"
From the 1990 book Common Culture: Symbolic Work at Play in the Everyday Cultures of the Young, anthologized in the excellent Everday Life Reader, comes this observation from cultural theorist Paul Willis on his concept of “symbolic creativity”: [There] is another kind of humanly necessary work — often unrecognized but equally necessary — symbolic work. This is the application of...
A workshop with Lewis Hyde
Above: A poem by Wang Wei (c. 700-761). The title has been translated as “Deer Park.” Self-discovery Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of taking a writing workshop with one of my heroes, Prof. Lewis Hyde. Hyde has an excellent show up right now at the Japan Society called “Oxherding,” and the workshop was presented in connection with that show. The show notes...