Episode 232 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast
— Note: I was sick when I recorded… hopefully you can’t tell. I really wanted to go ahead and clear the slate and get this show out of my head and into the ethos (or your podcast player). —
In this episode of the CMP, a look at The Wander Society (by Keri Smith). This is a book that impacted my year – just by being in my stack, in my periphery, and in my frame of view as I considered the year. I read the intro and opening pages, and that was enough to set me off on an unexpected path, which seems entirely appropriate for the subject. Since then, I have carried this book around… protective of the ways in which I am contemplating this word this year. But the book is (over)due, and all of you need to know about this book. I went into the book with a willing suspension of disbelief. That got a bit marred in researching for this show and in letting my pragramatic self come through. But the impact of the book remains. My interest is in the word – the philosophy of the word – and in exploring that word beyond the bounds of the book.
Ultimately… I wonder if I really said anything direct in Episode 232… I think I completely wandered my way through a show about wandering, partly because I was a bit discombobulated about how to talk about the fact that I totally bought into the authenticity of this book when just reading the intro and opening. But falling into this mentality of wander had a profound impact on my thinking. I want to reiterate that wander was definitely not the kind of word I wanted for the year. I wanted a word that was direct. Purposeful. Goal-oriented. Bold. Wander strikes me as none of those. It is, in fact, almost the exact opposite of anything I wanted. It was an unlikely word for me. I still have trouble claiming it because I know people will laugh. I laugh. It seems like such a lightweight word, so carefree, so decadent. I don’t have time for any of these things, and I definitely don’t have time for whimsy.
Words are powerful.
Mentioned in Episode 232 (or related):
- The Wander Society
- The Walrus and the Carpenter (Lewis Carroll)
- Episode 222 — Keri Smith’s Be an Explorer of the World
- Episode 73 (an oldie, but includes a Keri Smith book)
- Articles on The Wander Society
- Behind the Reads: Editing The Wander Society (editor)
- The Wander Society by Keri Smith (I’m Lost in Books)
BOOKS IN REAL LIFE, EPISODE 12: THE WANDER SOCIETY (Alexa Loves)
The Library: The Wander Society, by Keri Smith (Marcel Krueger on the Elsewhere blog)
- The Daffodils (Wordworth)
- Guitar music: Nicholai Heidlas on SoundCloud
- Creativity Matters Group at Facebook
- CMP Patreon page
Books in Episode 232 (and related titles):