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.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Artists: What Are They Good For?


I recently had the opportunity to contemplate some of the pop-culture of a century ago: I went with some friends to the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia. It was an interesting and thought provoking trip. After we’d seen the sculptures and were on our way home, talking about Rodin’s departure from classical standards of sculpture, a question was posed: what authority do artists have?

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Post-Apocalypse (Moral and Otherwise)

Which is the worse fate for the world of the future,
the murderous rampage of this guy...
I watched The Road Warrior the other day at about four in the morning (what better way to get back to sleep than watching guys in leather speedos and goalie masks trying to kill Mel Gibson, am I right?).  I’ve also picked up a couple of novellas recently which are of the same genre (the so called “post-apocalyptic[1]”), and another story I’ve been reading (and playing, as the story is conveyed via computer game) that would be classified as “Cyber-punk.” During this whirlwind engagement with bleak visions of the future, an interesting way to put it into at least structural perspective occurred to me. I will now share it with you. May it aid you should you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lucy

So, I recently saw “Lucy” in the theater. I was pretty intrigued by the trailer, and I was looking forward to it. But, I left the theater disappointed. It seemed like a rather shallow movie with a very limited view of the world attempting to sound profound by saying vague, profound-ish things. However, by the end of that day, I wanted to see it again. I wanted to see it again so much that I was tempted to pay the outrageous price of admission a second time. This transformation of my state of mind was caused by conversation.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dynamite Warrior

In the comments section of the article before last I got my first request and I have followed through as I said I would. I have watched, and now I am writing about, Dynamite Warrior.
Hand over the buffalo!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Anti-Heroes

The term “anti-hero” can be used to mean at least two things. One is as a simple synonym for a phrase like “central character of a story who is evil”, such as Tony Montana from Scarface. The meaning unique to the term, however, is something like “a central character with a worthy goal who does wrong to attempt to achieve it”.
He's unstable, miserable, and highly dangerous to those around him.
But he gets 'er done.