I love Carl Jung (the bits of his work that I understand, which isn’t much), and one of my favorite Jung quotations is, “The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
This video clip is a perfect example – found on my friend Lev Grossman’s excellent blog, Nerd World. I love the fact that Jonathan McIntosh had the creative energy and interest to create this mash-up of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight:
I connected with this remix on several levels:
– Take time for projects – clearly Jonathan McIntosh is following that very important resolution.
– though I’m not a historic Buffy fan, my TV-writer sister has worked a lot with Joss Whedon, so I always take an interest in his work.
– There was a split-second clip from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which I recognized, of course. Huge raving Harry Potter fan. I’ve got a ticket to the very first showing, at midnight in a few weeks, of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
– Even my former lawyerly self got engaged in considering the assertion at the end that “This transformative work constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright law.” Why didn’t a case like this come up when I was hanging around courthouses?
Perhaps I should make a new resolution, to “Play with the objects I love.” I’m already doing this with my passion for J.M. Barrie’s The Boy Castaways of Black Lake Island. A friend and I are doing an homage to Barrie’s brilliant skeletal picture book – ours is called “Four to Llewelyn’s Edge.” This has turned out to be an enormous undertaking, and so much fun.
Along those lines, I wonder if I could use popular new tools (YouTube, as in the example above, or Twitter, or Facebook, as well as my blog) to shine a spotlight on my more obscure and more demanding passions. I want to highlight the things I love, and to try to entice others to follow me – just as this video made me want to watch old episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
One idea: I’m considering sending out daily Tweets that are quotations from one of my favorite books, Virginia Woolf’s The Waves (bizarre: this book doesn’t seem to be for sale on Amazon). I would love doing this. I wonder if the book would be interesting to anyone else in that form – if the beautiful writing would be engaging out of context like that – or if it would be too reductive. Perhaps, as in the video mash-up above, new pleasures could be revealed in a work that is usually read in a different way.
* Very apt for this subject — Bricolage Life. Looking at this blog made me want to sit down and MAKE something.
* Follow me on Twitter. I may or may not be sending out Woolf quotations in the near future.