In my free time, I’ve been making my way through Lynda Barry’s book, “Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor.” Lynda Barry is an American cartoonist, author and educator who has become well known for her funny and densely packed visual stories. I’ve admired her work for a while, but I didn’t realize she also taught courses on creativity, the unconscious and writing. This book is a collection of her syllabi from her experiences teaching at the University of Wisconsin Madison. But it’s not just that. It’s also an exploration of the imagination and how it works to create art. The book chronicles some of her thoughts on the matter, and how she worked to push her students beyond the ordinary.
It’s engaging both in content and style. You might be inspired by her innovative lesson plans and writing exercises. You can buy it here.