petethepool356 karma2020-07-04 12:42:32 UTC
Some people just want to watch the world stretch
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petethepool51 karma2013-05-14 22:47:27 UTC
Yes, but that's just one argument. Basically, it boils down to whether or not you think the artist's job is to establish a sense of hope - either at the end or throughout - in a work of art.
I find the utter bleakness of some stories (and American Psycho isn't even entirely bleak: damn it if it isn't funny at times, despite the gut-wrenching mutilation; plus, the implication is that it was all imagination - that these Wall-street guys are so far up their own asses that they literally are living in their heads) - the utter bleakness can be just as compelling as stories with a pervading sense of hope - East of Eden is a wonderful example of a text full of the tragedy of real life, but with love and hope running throughout. The Road is probably the perfect example of a bleak text with an odd ray of light at the end. And the Ass saw the Angel is a text that I remember finding quite oppressive, without hope...
Anyway, it all depends on what you believe the role of the artist should be. I like the idea of a philosophy of hope in art - and I believe it is probably harder to construct (than a simple bleak landscape (as yer man above suggests)) without sentimentality or romanticism overflowing...
One more point I would make, is that one can argue about the surface of most literature being supercilious. As Oscar Wilde said of Dorian Gray - "Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril."
petethepool25 karma2013-01-15 10:58:40 UTC
Did you witness many war crimes? - were the American troops respectful to the citizens? - and do you think Iraq is in a better or a worse place now?
petethepool11 karma2021-12-08 16:08:06 UTC
I thought they weren’t showing Activision products at the show?
petethepool6 karma2021-12-30 18:37:12 UTC
I love this! I've done it last 2 years and intend to start mine tomorrow too.
First question for someone who tries and fails to keep a proper calendar every year; do you have any other suggestions for trying to create short-cuts to different memories each year? I always struggle to remember what I've done when I look back. I use OneDrive and it throws up 'on this day in x year' with old photos, so I was thinking I could take a photo every day or something as a way of making 2022 a more memorable year for a start.
Second question would be: do you change the content year on year, for instance in relation to developments in positive psychology etc., or does your format tend to stay the same?
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