Creative Literacy in the 21st Century

by Steven McCabe

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Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin at the Oscars, 1964, with ice cream and a Camus quote.

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Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin at the Oscars, 1964.


American warplanes spray the jungles of Vietnam with chemicals, 1960s.

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
– Albert Camus


Albert Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature “for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our time.” Source: Wikipedia.

Bobby Darin performing his hit song ‘Dream Lover’ in 1959.

Bobby Darin singing his antiwar song ‘Simple Song of Freedom’ in 1969.

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Ice cream is a frozen dessert usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours. Source: Wikipedia.

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Creative literacy connects the dots between images, texts, and media sources using both linear and non-linear styles of thought. A narrative is developed through a process of response, identification, and speculation.

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Moral and ethical dimensions of both the individual and society are contemplated. Mapping this landscape involves experimentation and playful determination while formulating and answering questions.


Symbols are investigated. Historical sources corroborated. Personal transformation considered.

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Personal inquiry gives voice to meaning by relating personal history to the text and drawing conclusions from analogies.

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Threads of perception assemble a poetic pattern. No clue is too small. No inference or implication too obscure.

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I do not own the rights to any of these photographs. I am using them non-commercially under fair use provisions for purposes of commentary.