“I just don’t get why you want to keep me away from her, though?!” “Alright, I’ll tell ya! I slept with her, din’t I?” Dum, dum, dum dum dum dum-dum-dum-dum – And the Eastenders credits roll down on yet another cliff-hanger. There’s something in the overly dramatic ending that causes a little cringe. It’s the same, sometimes, in books: At the sudden knock on the … Continue reading Bad taste & good art
The other week I was reading a very interesting book called Diario minimo by Umberto Eco. I was on a plane, so I was half-asleep, and the book was in Italian, and a rather erudite Italian at that. For those reasons I found myself tuning out of Eco’s prose, until the following sentences (duly translated) jumped out at me: “Things that once everyone would have … Continue reading Pornos & pathos
Read part 1 here. In my previous post I talked about how desire motivates our actions and decision-making. It is also clear that the same structures of desire that we see build up and resolve, or defer and frustrate, in our everyday lives, also recur in the structures of the art we make. Desire and fulfilment can only operate in time, and so it is … Continue reading Structures of Desire (Part 2)
Pray indulge a little introspection today. There have been times in my life when I have felt irresistibly drawn to sitting down, opening a book, taking the lid off my pen, and writing something. Most times, I get as far as finishing my cup of tea, the pen nib long dry, before admitting defeat. What am I going to write about? I’m aware of stating … Continue reading Why write?