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
(Note: what I'm about to discuss is based on how the system currently works in Greece. TLDR is: you study Literature -> you teach Literature -> ??? -> profit?) (Second note: I do NOT imply that teaching as a job is not important. What I'm saying is... well, read it and see for yourselves!) I've … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 19: Why are we needed?
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.
When you open up that Word, what is it that you want to do? I mean, you obviously want to write stuff. Stories, articles, whatever. What I mean is, what do you want to convey? Are you writing in order to educate? Entertain? Send a message? You see, we all have our reasons for writing. … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 17: Why are we doing this?
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.
Woo, have I missed you, everyone! How have you been? Realism, Naturalism and the dark corners of our psyche. Things that scare us, make us cringe, mentally and emotionally scar us. They are as much a part of our everyday lives as everything else. And they inspire us, in a weird way. Themes such as domestic … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 14: A smile from the Shadows
When writing a new chapter in my mini-series, my book, or a short story, it is always about something that either troubles me, or an adventure I've been dreaming of since I was a kid. It is part of our nature: we all love fantastic tales, worlds unlike our own. Deep down, we all want … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 10: You are always in your stories.