As soon as I read that the light bulb blinked on in my brain and I thought, Oh, my goodness, that's me! I like boring things, too!
In fact, it occurred to me that not only do (or did) Andy Warhol and I both like boring things, we seem (seemed) to find inspiration in many of the same genre of things:
So we go find something to do that we're actually good enough at.
For me it's teaching piano, which is what Antonio Salieri also ended up doing, even though he wanted to be a composer whose music would be heard forever. But he couldn't compete with his contemporary Mozart, who ended up being the one whose music will be heard forever.
However, Salieri didn't do badly as a piano teacher. He taught a kid named Ludwig von Beethoven.
But back to the subject of inspiration, which we all experience now and then, though for most of us our inspiration leads not to fame or financial success.
Anyway, upon further thought, it occurred to me that, in truth, neither Andy Warhol nor I really find (found) our inspiration in boring things.
Nobody finds inspiration in boring things.
The key is, boring and interesting are such subjective concepts, that nothing in and of itself can be labeled as "boring" or "interesting". And you can never tell, right?
Take, for example, that movie, "The King's Speech". When I saw the trailers for the movie I thought, That looks really boring. Then when it came out I read the reviews in the newspapers and online and thought, That sounds really boring. But all the reviewers loved
"The King's Speech" and everybody I knew who saw it loved it and it got four stars and an academy award so I went to the theater and saw it.
And it was really boring.
But only to me. Apparently. Unless nobody's 'fessing up because they don't want to look uneducated for nor liking "The King's Speech". Or maybe it really is just me. I don't know.
So anyway, I guess what I'm saying is that boring is in the eye, ear and mind of the beholder.
But back to Andy Warhol and me, I think what I'm saying about creative (or would-be creative) types like us is that we're not inspired by what bores us, but by what captivates us, even though what captivates us might be ordinary common things.
Which can, after all, be quite captivating.