Some Inspiration For The New Year

Here are some remarkable thoughts on creativity and life from some world-class artists to set your head straight while you wait for the hangover to clear and inspire you for the coming year.

First up, the venerable Neil Gaiman addressing the University of the Arts Class of 2012.

This amazing keynote address by Ray Bradbury at The Sixth Annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea is full of the kind of stuff you wish had been uploaded into your brain years ago.

Charlie Kaufman‘s 2011 BAFTA Screenwriter’s Lecture was his first ever public lecture apparently but it certainly isn’t going to be his last. Full of unique creative insights.

You can watch the highlights or download the complete transcript over at the BAFTA Guru page. It’s a shame the full-length video isn’t posted there anymore but if you want more, here’s a talk from the 2011 Göteborg Film Festival and another from the 2009 Film & TV Forum at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Here’s David Foster Wallace‘s address to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College, focussing on how to live a more compassionate life.

And if you haven’t already seen it, here is Steve Jobs’ in 2005 giving Stanford’s 114th’s commencement address, speaking eloquently about connecting the dots, love, loss and creative curiosity.

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