479: Martin Puris, part 1: What’s Wrong With America?
Martin is a legend. How many people craft phrases that become part of everyday language like â€œThe Ultimate Driving Machine,” “The Antidote For Civilization,â€ and â€œThe Tightest Ship In The Shipping Businessâ€? He comes from a different time in advertising and communication, as he describes in our conversation.
I met him nearly twenty years ago. He was considering investing in the company I cofounded, Submedia, based on the medium I invented. He didn’t invest, but he came to my first solo gallery show in Manhattan. We lost touch.
Then I saw him speak recently. I confess a slight disposition to expect corporate writers not to engage in depth, which I recognize as a flaw in myself. He spoke about creativity, what it can be, how much we’ve lost it today, and the consequences of losing it. He spoke with a love of an America in hibernation now, what caused it to sleep, and how to bring it back.
We talk about creativity, culture, passion, and more.