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Friday, October 27, 2006

The Artist vs. The Art


Ok, internets, I've got just two things to discuss with ye.

First, please rate the [former band name}] video a "10" at this contest on Paste magazine's website. And yes, that's a still of yours truly from the video.
Watch it, then rate it here.

Second, and more disturbing: There is a disturbing story on cnn.com today which tells of the Republican senator in Virginia, George Allen, who is attempting to besmirch the reputation of his Democratic opponent, Jim Webb. His accusation? Not any crime, not sexual misconduct, not funny money business. No, none of these things. George Allen is calling into question the moral content of several novels that Jim Webb wrote. Jim Webb is accused of "demeaning women" and "dehumanizing women, men and even children". What the kind of world is this? If we are to judge people in real life based on the world they portray in their art, then all hope for artistic integrity is lost.

Certain people I know have said they can't watch Woody Allen movies because of his questionable relationship with Soon Yi. This argument makes no sense to me, because he made a lot of brilliant movies; his personal life doesn't interfere with that whatsoever. Does a person need to read a biography of Michelangelo before they can decide that the statue of David is brilliant? Do I enjoy "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" any less since learning that Matthew Broderick is guilty of manslaughter?

There's a distinction we have to make between an artist and their art. There's an entire field of study devoted to the interpreting works of literature, and I can only assume that George Allen is unaware of literary theory. The meaning that he extracts from Jim Webb's writings isn't necessarily the meaning that you or I or anyone else would extract from it. This points to the sad state of politics and profound, arrogant ignorance when it comes to thinking about works of art.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

It's been a while

Ok, so, holy crap it's been a very long time since my last post up in here.
Here's what's been going on:
a) Enduring one of the most labor intensive terms of school ever. Seriously. So much reading & writing. It's a tad overwhelming. And that's not even counting the reading that I'm forgetting to do. And writing. I was made aware of 2 short stories that I was supposed to have read, plus 1 that I was supposed to have written, both by today. I had no idea.
b) Waiting with great anticipation for tommorrow, when M and I find out the sex of our little baby Ringo, as we've been calling the fetus in her ever-expanding belly. 2 things: 1 - the baby likes rock music, and 2 - the baby likes yoga. Or rather, the baby likes it when her host does yoga.
c) I've been writing for the school newspaper, The PSU Vanguard. Yes, believe it or not, I finally convinced people to pay me for my ramblings. Thus far, I have written only about local music, which gives me a chance to find & help promote deserving bands. This also involves going to see more shows. Also, I'm doing cd reviews.
d) Gearing up for recording the next album. J, B, and I are all excited about the new material and look forward to rocking your asses soon with it.
e) Getting mentally & physically prepared for being a father and having a baby in the house. This includes considering any potential threat our dogs pose, fixing up the backyard to make it baby safe, kicking out some-to-all of our roommates, and seriously considering what to do for $$ after I graduate next spring.
f) Getting ready for my sister-in-law's wedding this Saturday. This is more of M's job, but we both have roles in the day's proceedings, so it's one more thing on the list.
g) Looking forward to a big family dinner tomorrow night for my grandpa's 90th birthday. My rock star uncle is flying up from Hollywood to attend. And my brother is even bringing his newish girlfriend. I can't believe I actually just wrote that sentence. Jame-O! With a girlfriend?! Whaaaa???
h) Ignoring my blog. Sorry, internet. Ever thus to time-wasters.