Monday, September 22, 2014

Update 2 - The Preface

This is not me writing. This is St. Jerome.
I am not this awesome.
Some Thoughts

This week y’all get a draft of the book’s preface. I decided it was important to get this piece of writing down (however much it might change in the coming months) specifically because I am about to embark on a bunch of preparatory reading and research (as mentioned in last week’s update).

Monday, September 15, 2014

Update 1 - Bibliography

When I decided to write a book, one of the first things I thought was “I’ve got to have a bibliography.” Really, this wasn’t because I had any clear notion of why I should have one. It was a reflexive thing. Like not wearing sneakers to a formal dinner party, I had the distinct impression of an obligation to have references. Not satisfied (in this instance) with mere sense of obligation, I’ve been thinking a bit about why to do this kind of research for a book (and why I didn’t think I had to do it for the blog) while simultaneously putting the bibliography together.

The following is a little of my thinking about that subject, then I’ll show off how the bibliography is going (because I use mind maps for taking notes, and they look really cool).

Some Thoughts

Monday, September 8, 2014

Update 0

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Hello Everybody!

So, it’s been one year since I started posting on this blog, and it’s been a blast, but now is a good time for a change. Here’s the deal:

A few things occurred to me a couple months ago.

First, there are several themes and principles that underlie my writing here which are largely assumed and have not been explored in a lot of depth in this forum.

Second, this makes sense, because it has always been my effort to stick to short, provocative pieces here (around 600 words is my goal, although I go under and over).

And, third, even at only (roughly) 600 words an article, 52 posts means a lot of words (31,200 to be exact).

With these three things in mind, I’ve decided to write a book.

Art: and the Artists Who Make It

We’re more than matter. The material universe is not the extent of the universe that man inhabits and that he is capable of seeing and thinking about. But, it is the place he sees and moves around in and it takes up a lot of his attention. Good works of art bring the world of the mind, the world of moral choice and consequence, the world of beauty, into the physical world in a way that makes them obvious enough to be contemplated, making it possible for man to look out and above the physical into the larger and more important universe.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Art: Why make it?

So we’re coming back around. Two thousand and some words later, we’re back to the really pivotal question that will help us answer the question we started with.

Why make art (in our new, limited sense)?

I hadn’t realized until now what a delightful sort of trap I’d lead myself into by taking this road in the past several articles.
Man

Monday, August 25, 2014

Art: What is it? (part 2)

(This is part 2. Read part 1 first!)

The first way I thought of distinguishing between the art that includes spatulas and the art that includes The Odyssey was to say that the first has to do with needs and the second does not. But then King Lear said to me “O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars are in the poorest thing superfluous.” by which I understand him to be saying that, if we reduce our considerations to “needs”, we might find we slip down a pretty steep slope and end up with little or nothing left.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Art: What is it? (part 1)

Before we begin, I’d like to lay a little ground work. This series of articles is not about the word “Art.” It is about something in the universe for which, I think, it is suitable to use the word “Art” as a name. This is an important distinction. It is possible to have conversations about words, and they can be very interesting and beneficial. But, when we are using words to their purpose, we are trying to look past them in that we are looking at something else through the use of them. This means that the definitions I give of “Art” here may not be the only suitable ones, but I intend them to be useful ones, because I intend them to point out and describe things out there in the universe.