“Thoughts before coffee” Part 23: The Artist – Audience relationship

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

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“Thoughts before coffee” Part 22: Misanthropy and why it’s stupid.

"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.

“Thoughts before coffee” Part 21: On Originality and Comparison

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

“Thoughts before coffee” Part 15: The usefulness of reality shows.

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.

“Thoughts before coffee” Part 9: Limits to Humour. Are there any?

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?

“Thoughts before coffee” Part 6: C********p

'Huckleberry Finn', 'Beloved', 'Gone With The Wind'. Influencial, controversial, censored. Why is it that, even today, people will still try to bury works of art written and read at the time of our great-grandparents? (Pause for exaggeration, but you get the point.) The first thing to notice in some of these works is the blatant racism. … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 6: C********p

“Thoughts before coffee” Part 3: Romance

I. Hate. It. Well, not really. Actually, 'hate' is a fairly strong word... whatever. I'm going to explain so that we both are clear on this. This isn't called "thoughts before coffee" for no reason, after all. Everything is still a bit fuzzy. For starters, why are love stories almost always the same? It's "meet … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 3: Romance

“Thoughts before coffee” Part 2: We don’t communicate anymore.

You are, with a 98.23% certainty, a human being. If not, hail to the Supreme Lizard Overlords! Humans (or S.L.Os for that matter) build societies, complex systems not unlike a spider's web. Each stroke on this web can send off vibrations which affect the entire system. How did we do that? Dull, boring answer incoming: … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 2: We don’t communicate anymore.

“Thoughts before coffee” Part 1: Art

(The following is the first in a series of articles that should not be taken too seriously. Hope you like them!) Art is best defined as 'the place where all can have fun'. By that, I mean that almost anything that has a basic, even minimal concept behind its creation, can be considered as 'art'. … Continue reading “Thoughts before coffee” Part 1: Art