From Monstrosity To Tragedy (2017/08/09 07:00)
Art isn't profound just because it hurts.
Not The Bookish Type Dept. (2017/07/06 07:00)
I went looking for books in my personal library that are about the craft of writing. I could barely find any.
Pretty Things Dept. (2017/07/01 08:00)
Go make something beautiful and humane. Everything else is just commentary.
Artitude Dept. (2017/03/04 08:00)
"I cannot serve like a waiter, because that's not what this job is about."
Coltrane Vs. Vonnegut III Dept. (2016/11/17 08:00)
To exist is to be misunderstood.
Coltrane Vs. Vonnegut II Dept. (2016/11/16 05:00)
On why being your "true" self is not a matter of acting out things that you normally repress.
Coltrane Vs. Vonnegut Dept. (2016/11/15 08:00)
Two theories about the social utility of art,
Gimlet Eyes Dept. (2016/07/22 08:00)
Artists can be politically outspoken, but are not automatically astute for being so.
Push My Envelope Dept. (2016/05/24 06:00)
"Transgressive" isn't what it used to be. Maybe it never was.
Larger Than Fiction Dept. (2016/02/19 06:00)
On being Trumped.
Nightmares And Madmen Dept. (2016/02/06 03:00)
When you replace the "nightmare" with "insanity", what happens?
Stuporheroes Dept. (2016/01/02 01:00)
Age of Dulltron.
Hunting High And Low Dept. (2015/09/26 01:00)
Different art, different critical standards? Maybe not.
The Smartest Guys In The Medium Dept. (2015/09/10 10:00)
"...the doctrine that the genius must be in advance of his time is almost wholly false and vicious..."
Nothing Special Dept. (2015/08/10 09:00)
"When any image is possible, no image is all that impressive anymore."
Propagandart Dept. (2015/03/09 10:00)
All entertainment is art, whether or not we know it, and all art is propaganda. Therefore ...
In All Heaven And Earth, Only I Alone Reserve The Right To Offend Dept. (2015/02/22 10:00)
Why "I'm an artist" stopped being a defense for the indefensible.
Higher Standardization Dept. (2015/01/14 10:00)
Why creators ought to hold themselves to a higher standard in terms of what they feed their imaginations.
Freedom Of (Unheard) Speech Dept. (2015/01/13 01:00)
What's worse, indifference or censorship?
The Perfect Hamburger Dept. (2015/01/10 02:00)
We shouldn't kid ourselves that consistent mediocrity is a worthy goal.
You Are What You Dream Dept. (2014/10/08 10:00)
Even our entertainments are works of art whether or not we like it, and have the chance to be taken very, very seriously by somebody out there.
Think, Thank, Thunk Dept. (2014/10/01 10:00)
Authors rarely impress me with the depth of their intellectual rigor, and I suspect that's because they don't see themselves as thinkers.
To Push All The Right Buttons Dept. (2014/04/05 10:00)
Flatter the audience at your own risk.
A Mouthful Of Stories Dept. (2013/12/24 10:00)
Great writing and great cuisine, compared.
Take No Shelter Here Dept. (2013/11/11 10:00)
On (not) taking refuge in one's art.
Science fiction, rebooted.
Other Lives Of The Mind