In his highly influential masterwork ‘Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting’, Robert McKee describes a medieval concept he calls The Mind Worm. ‘Suppose,’ he says, ‘a creature had the power to burrow into the brain and come to know an individual completely – dreams, fears, strength, weakness. Suppose that this Mind Worm also had the power to cause events in the world. It could then create a specific happening geared to the unique nature of that person that would trigger a one-of-a-kind adventure, a quest that would force him to use himself to the limit, to live to his deepest and fullest. Whether a tragedy or fulfilment, this quest would reveal his humanity absolutely.’ As McKee points out: ‘the writer is a Mind Worm’, exploring ‘the inscape of human nature’ (and ultimately their own nature) through their characters.
I like to think of this blog as my own quest, my response to the events in the world. I had this grand idea that I would curate an online museum of the ideas that have and are shaping me, with in depth exhibits spanning the arts and centuries, and shorter ‘weekly playlists’ giving you an eclectic snap shot of the cultural highlights of my week. So far, I’ve fallen way short of that ambition. We’ll see how it goes and how much time I can afford to give it. I humbly request your patience and indulgence.