Art should spark conversations and controversy. It is part of its job. It is supposed to make you think, to make you search your feelings, to argue with others on its meaning. The audience is important, a vital player in the "game" that is Art, because an artist without the will to be presented to, and … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 23: The Artist – Audience relationship
"Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet." The infamous quote from the "Matrix", that inspired thousands of people (including me at some point in the past) to deduce that humanity would better wipe itself off the face of the Earth, and soon. Misanthropy is the general hatred, distrust or contempt of the … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 22: Misanthropy and why it’s stupid.
Tolkien, Poe, Lovecraft, Homer, Virgil. Kubrick, Hitchcock, Spielberg. Names that we've all heard at least once in our llives. Works we've admired. And, when we talk about them, we tend to compare. "Nobody can be like Tolkien", we say. "There will be no other 'Master of Suspence'", we say. And my question is simple: why … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 21: On Originality and Comparison
Wow, part 18! This means that T.B.C. is an adult now! Yay, drinking and voting! And, since this series is now old enough to legally step into a strip club, it's time for a hard truth: Everyone and anyone will judge you. For whatever reason. They just will. This works both ways. You will judge … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 18: On Criticism.
It is almost Easter time for the Orthodox Church. Here in Greece, it is customary to transfer the Holy Light from Jerusalem to Athens and distribute it to the rest of the country. While I agree with the Atheist Union's reaction, regarding the cost of such a transfer (estimated to be at around 4 million Euro) … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 16: Please, it’s 2017…
Reality shows share a common trait: they are easy to digest. The audience is well aware of the fact that there is actually no conflict (save when it comes to the prize), and that most of the participants are playing roles. Now that I think of it, the term 'reality show' is misleading... They gained … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 15: The usefulness of reality shows.
Good fictional characters tend to win. A lot. Yugi Muto? He just happens to have the right card in his Deck, if not his opening hand. Erza Scarlet VS her freakishly strong Dragon mother? No problem, mom's had a change of heart, she's dead, Erza wins. Harry needs to kill a noseless Hitler? Here, we'll … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 13: Dumb Luck (just to piss off the number 13)
Almost every tale revolves around the hero's journey. A quest to hunt soul-binding items that grant immortality, throw rings into pits of lava, you get the picture. Why is it so important though? Why does the majority of those stories include a quest? For one, I believe that the purpose of a quest is to … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 12: The importance of the Quest
I am not a particular fan of political correctness. There's just something about it that irritates me. I want things to be plain and simple because things get complicated if we are the ones messing up the wires. Yet, sometimes, I get this feeling that some things are best not said. Jokes about homosexuals/women/Chinese drivers/impoverished … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 9: Limits to Humour. Are there any?
Creating something from absolute zero is a) too friggin' hard and b) a sign of divine powers. Since none of us is an omnipotent deity (and if any of you is, let us know, so that we can build you a shrine), we are going for option 'a'. What does it take to create a … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 7: Almighty Creators