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The Creative Itch


1. What real-life scenario was an inspiration for a well-known individual?
Artist Jackson Pollock’s habit of eating spaghetti and meatballs with his hands as a child
Architect Frank Gehry playing with the live carp his grandmother plopped into the bathtub every Friday night for the Sabbat
Musician Josh Groban’s love of crooning into a bar of soap on a rope shaped like a microphone in the shower

2. How did this celebrity comedian chase away writer’s block?
Bob Hope called his mother
Phyllis Diller called Frederick’s of Hollywood for a new piece of lingerie
Woody Allen deliberately chilled himself so he could then take a very hot shower

3. Which amount of time was not spent by one of these great writers creating their masterpieces?
Poet Phillip Larkin worked two hours every evening
Cultural maven Gertrude Stein worked 30 minutes a day
“Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien worked every Saturday from 8AM to 5PM

4. What’s more likely to promote a productively creative stretch?
Throwing a few things and swearing vigorously
Getting into a state of mental flow by meditating, walking, or looking at something we like
Doing something practical first, like cleaning the house, to remove distractions

5. A bucket of icy water poured directly over your head is related to creativity as:
A pious Trappist monk is to silence
An inner dialogue of excuses is to sitting yourself down and just creating something modest, but fun
Sharknado is to our appreciation of sharks
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