You Have Great Taste: Ira Glass on Creative Journeys

This week has been a lesson in the ways of the internet. I put a handful of links to a brilliant Ira Glass video on creativity and taste in the middle of my post about On Writing and only 3% of you fuckers went and watched it, despite the fact that I talk the damn thing up ’cause it really is that useful and awesome.

I put one link in a post about Robot Jox where I mention that the writer is shitting on his own project, and all of you motherfuckers go traipsing off to snicker to look at Joe Haldeman being all “yeah, this film is a dog, man. What were we thinking.”

You people, you people worry me. And I know the excuses that people will throw my way. I hear you sitting up the back, being all, “”No, Pete, it’s not like that, we swear.”

To that I say: “bullshit, motherfucker. I’ve got goddamn metrics. Three fucking percent.”

“But it’s hard,” you say, “we don’t want to follow a link just to see people being brilliant. We want to laugh at peoples misery and failure.”

And really, I should leave you to your foolishness.

But I won’t. ‘Cause the Ira Glass video really is that damn good and it really is a useful thing to have heard, at least once, if you’re engaging in any kind of creative endeavor. And ’cause I care.

So here you go. No linking required. JUST PRESS GODDAMNED PLAY ALREADY. Think of it like eating your vegetables before you move onto a delicious schadenfreude pudding.

Ira Glass is a goddamn legend. And now you know it.

And I really hope that video works, otherwise this post is going to look really goddamn stupid.

  12 comments for “You Have Great Taste: Ira Glass on Creative Journeys

  1. Thoraiya
    24/05/2013 at 9:37 AM


    The keys words aren’t Brilliant vs Failure, they are Video vs Text, Ball!

    I can’t watch a video that may have swearing in it while my kid is right here. And judging by this goddamn shitting fucking post, there’s no guarantee of safety 😀

    • petermball
      24/05/2013 at 12:55 PM

      I will accept this as an excuse just one time.

  2. Thoraiya
    24/05/2013 at 9:39 AM

    *looks closely at video*

    No, wait. Now I know why I didn’t follow your link. Because this was passed around the internets 6 months ago and I’ve already seen it. In fact Kevin J Anderson was the one whose link I followed. So ACTUALLY you are just too slow 😀

    • petermball
      24/05/2013 at 12:51 PM

      Actually, I was right on time the first time I blogged it in the original link. Now I’m just reminding people, ’cause it’s one of those things that’s worth reminding people about 🙂

      In fact (checks date of original blog post); May 14 2013. I was ahead of the curve.

  3. Adam
    24/05/2013 at 9:47 AM

    Video vs Text is indeed an important factor, even for those of us who haven’t got kids and haven’t seen the video before. Link a transcription of the Ira Glass thing and you may well notice an upswing in click through.

    • petermball
      24/05/2013 at 12:57 PM

      Stop applying common sense to my indignant rage.

  4. 24/05/2013 at 10:23 AM

    There. I watched it. Enjoyed it. Loved it. Gagged a little as you rammed it down my throat unexpectedly, but it’s done.

    • petermball
      24/05/2013 at 1:13 PM

      And for this you have my thanks.

      And this delicious cookie, which cannot yet be transferred through the internet, and will therefore have to be eaten by me on your behalf.

  5. Matthew Farrer
    24/05/2013 at 2:09 PM

    Wait, people call you "Pete"? Who calls you Pete? I've never heard anyone call you Pete.

    • petermball
      24/05/2013 at 3:14 PM

      It happens either very occasionally or far too goddamn often, depending on the person. And, for some reason, people always fall back on it when they want me to calm down or stop ranting at them.

      • Matthew Farrer
        24/05/2013 at 3:58 PM

        No need for blasphemy, Pete.

  6. malinfox
    25/05/2013 at 3:27 AM

    I too had already seen it and passed it around to many other people! But it's okay to post it again because it's brilliant.

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