On portraits of the artist as a complete jackass, and why we need new kinds of stories about artists.
I've long been wary of using fiction as a system of polemic, not because I don't care about the world we live in but because such things typically make for bad fiction
"Since all art finally affirms something, if only its own value, some attitudes thus dance better than others."
Some say "good, better, best" is an absurdity and best done away with. I agree, sort of.
What if someone Did Something Bad with a creation of yours?
We need to have more nuanced ways of taking what matters for us from a given creator and from their works.
"Are we so desperate to solve our art?"
I have been reading the writings of Gerhard Richter, a painter whose view of his work is a good deal more interesting to me than much of the work itself. He was, like John Cage, not interested in creating things that were an expression of his personality; he wanted some larger aspect of things to manifest itself through him. In fact, Cage is explicitly credited as an influence, and in one of the photos in the book, Cage is seen smiling in front of one of Richter's paintings.
On schlock being useful without the love of it becoming its own snobbism.
There is no such thing as "mastery" of one's art, just improvement in whatever form is possible.
Art isn't profound just because it hurts.
I went looking for books in my personal library that are about the craft of writing. I could barely find any.
Go make something beautiful and humane. Everything else is just commentary.
"I cannot serve like a waiter, because that's not what this job is about."
To exist is to be misunderstood.
On why being your "true" self is not a matter of acting out things that you normally repress.
Two theories about the social utility of art,
Artists can be politically outspoken, but are not automatically astute for being so.
"Transgressive" isn't what it used to be. Maybe it never was.
On being Trumped.
When you replace the "nightmare" with "insanity", what happens?
Age of Dulltron.
Different art, different critical standards? Maybe not.
"...the doctrine that the genius must be in advance of his time is almost wholly false and vicious..."
"When any image is possible, no image is all that impressive anymore."
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind