I wish more movies and books in the popular canon indulged in unreliable perspectives. While common wisdom claims this is the generation of irony, earnest narrators and protagonists remain quite in vogue. There is nothing wrong with sincerity, and in fact I frequently prefer it to irony which in the hands of lesser artists is nothing more than a feeble cover for having nothing to say. But fiction (and non-fiction, for that matter) benefits from a willingness to suggest, “Here’s one perspective, but it’s just one of many, and maybe it’s not even a very good one.”
Fifiteen tattoos into my inkification, I have added one more literary icon to my chest plate: Mark Twain.
Any consumption of art is an act of exclusion. When you wander the aisles of a bookstore, scroll your Netflix queue or open Spotify, you are presented with a sea of choices and you narrow it down based on internal criteria. You could spend your entire life devoted to consuming art and you’d still never … Continue reading The Art Diet: A Changing Meal
One of my favorite things in the world is creating a music mix. Call it a mixtape, a mixed CD, a playlist, whatever, the name doesn't matter, it's the act that matters. The curation of a good mix is an art form, but it's an act of love, too.
Isolation can be a curse, it can be the thing that drives a person to finally plunge over the edge. But, yes, in another way, I get what Bukowski is saying (or I think I do). When you're isolated, all you have is yourself.
10 Cities / 10 Years is a travelogue, but it's not about physical travel or getting my picture taken in front of landmarks. There are thousands of people writing those kinds of books and blogs, and 99% of them do it better than I could ever hope to. I don't necessarily mean the market's saturated, but I would say that my input in such a genre would be insignificant at best.
"Before me stretched the portentous menacing road of a new decade."
What shape do we expect the decades of our life to take? In my twenties, I lived in 10 different cities, became the first member of my family to graduate from college, marched through a few serious relationships, abandoned the religion of my youth and completed writing 3 (of 4) novels. But so much is left undone.