Storytelling - I enjoy the art of storytelling in various forms. When I lived in Johnson City, TN (1993-1997), I was exposed to the National Storytelling Festival deepening my appreciation for the art. Another good resource is StoryNet.
I also enjoy creatively made and told stories in movies and written or illustrated forms. In particular, I enjoy enjoy and study comic and cartoon art. While America has largely marginalized the art as strictly for kids, many American and international artists have shown some of the potential for the art form. People like Will Eisner, Scott McCloud, Moebuis, and Bill Watterson, to name very few, have worked hard to develop the art form as a legitimate art worthy of attention. Some resources of interest are MOCCA, Scoop, Lambiek Comiclopedia, Michigan State University Comic Art Collection. In spite of years of enjoyment, I still have no artistic skill for the creation of any art.
Music - Music is something that is very personal. I find that the music I gravitate towards tends to be highly experimental, very unstructured, and to many ears, closer to noise and than music. It rarely includes vocals and even more rarely includes lyrics. I got started down this path by buying music on a dare because it had interesting cover art. Some of the artists I have enjoyed recently include Klaus Schulze, Iury Lech, Interstellar Cement Mixers, Peter Benisch, and many of the FAX label and Electroshock label artists. Since you likely have never heard of any of these artists or labels, here are some links to get you started with some interesting music. My two sources are Eurock and EAR/Rational Music.
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