Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. - Albert Camus

 

We live in what the chinese call "an interesting times". unfortunatly, the chinese used it as part of a horrible curse : May you live in interesting times.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

    Opinions / Science / Theory of Relative Ignorance  
 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  
 
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We live in what the chinese call "an interesting times". unfortunatly, the chinese used it as part of a horrible curse : May you live in interesting times.

I sometimes feel like an old prude when i look around me and see the world as we know it, and living in europe, the US and Asia gives me a little bit more insight on society at large, something that i always regarded as one of the best fringe benefits of being a nomad artist. here i try to share some of my thoughts and opinions.

Views & Opinions: Culture

The answer I usually get when I ask a person if they can cooks is "why do I need to cook?" which is even sadder then the fact they don’t know how. You don’t need to cook to survive. You don’t need to love to survive.
Looking at the next generation, It horrifies me thinking of young people ordering food by phone on a Friday night, smiling to themselves as it is 'just like mama used to do' and it reminds them of home…

Well, art is the far left point where the pendulum comes to a stop. The far right term would be some people's "everything is ok, I have no idea what you are talking about, pour me some more of that wine" point of view.


from the articleViews & Opinions / Culture / Art will save the world

Selling something you don’t need is quite hard, as it is a luxury, but selling something you MUST have is very easy, and here lies the rub. How do I make sure you know, nay, you feel that you must buy something? By making sure you know that this something is going to make you 'complete', that it will fill that void in your soul. What void, you ask? Oh dear dear naïve reader, do not worry, we will create that void for you, and then sell you something to fill it.

...The problem with these shields is that they do keep the feelings in. bottled up, like a pressure cooker inside of you, building up and pushing with incredible force on the delicate lining of your soul, cracking the walls of defense like a cheap nuclear plant. And it never ends well. Road rage, mental breakdowns, addictions, or just going postal and starting to shoot in all directions.
Music is the antidote to that pressure cooker. It relieves your soul by letting feelings flow out of it, by tickling your mind with sweet songs, classical concertos or loud layers of rock and roll, up to you, it helps you open that valve for a second and let some of the steam get out, leaving you in a much healthier state of mind, and a much more stable personality that without having to fight the pressure between outer layers of your persona and the inner depth of your soul finally has the time and energy to be…you.

One of the basic reasons I don’t own a kindle or any other instrument of it's ilk, is this – if you ask someone to close his eyes and think of a library, maybe a library he went to as a child, the first thing that will jump to his mind is the smell. Libraries have a very distinct smell, the scent of a living thing, you can smell the trees that were sacrificed to create that library, the dust that comes with seniority and gravitas, and you can almost smell the silence.