Archive | February, 2018

Journey Through Literature: European Aesthetic

12 Feb

What do you think of the European Aesthetic in terms of Critcisim?

Europeans and Asians are born to write, but they are also good translators and critics, because they are taught to critque something based on it’s aesthetics, and not a moral message. Everyone wants to be a moralist when there are no good satirists. It takes a strong person to write critiques of others art but make it well balanced and  scholarly. America has an ugly reputation of being moralists instead of Academics. Anthony Burgess was a great scholar and critique. Nabokov too was a critique. Their Aesthetic reminds American writers on why they are missing out on being critics and rather just moralists. The European Aesthetic is based on an intllectualism and what they know is the perception one has to face when they know that good critcism comes from a neutral point of view and not from a personal view. It means that Americans have to be extra careful not to let their opinions overshadow what the work might mean. But Americans are not good at listening to reason. They get overly angry and attack people. They can’t handle criticism, and so they think they shall be the one to criticize others, and what they know if they were criticized, they would react emotionally, and not from an Aesthetic point of view. If one is criticizing art, they must be criticized as well. It makes sense that Americans, like myself, need to learn from the Europeans and see what they can offer us. An intellectualism that is rarely given in most American viewpoints. Most Americans are afraid of being smart, but they aren’t afraid of pretending to be smart when they don’t have a college degree. They can critcize the news and act morally superior, but they will never have that Aesthetic viewpoint that most European writers have. Most Americans are afraid of others and so they will attack people verbally because they are basic creatures who don’t know what it means to accept criticism. They are better at criticizing, but not receiving criticism. This is a weak point that most American artists share. They are quick to attack, but not to consider what another person says. They don’t ask “Why do you think that way” but attack people for no reason at all except that it was a difference of opinion. These are the type of ignorant people who have no excuse for ill behavior. But art requires intelligence that most Americans do not have today. Most American Millenials do not read books, and they find the fact boring to do so. Except for this person. It makes sense why people want to escape, but escapism is only one form of literature, a journey. Criticism is understanding that you can be judged and another opinion will be said against yours. That’s why the Internet has become the toilet bowl of opinions because it’s not based out of rational judgments. Books are an intellectual viewpoint, and receiving criticism is just as good as it is bad, but it depends on the person. Not all criticism you hear will be good, but what most people see is their behavior and not the intellectual side of an opinion. Do Americans have small brains or small hearts? Are they just confused or are they pessimistic? These are things to consider when giving and receiving criticism. Cynicism and irony are the only perceptions that I have to give when someone is yelling at me. But when someone is yelling at you they don’t have an artistic style to bear. Aesthetic takes a willpower that most people don’t want or have time to do. Art means that Aesthetics must come from a place of one who will give out criticism and be willing to take criticism. It’s not a place that newscasters can ever do anymore. It takes more to listen than it does to talk. To ask questions and probe how people feel is what makes up as good aesthetics in art. It’s not all about the mind, but be willing to take a different approach to each task. To see the victim, murderer, and police officer must feel. Art is aesthetics, and aesthetics is art.

Journey Through Literature

10 Feb

Reading: The Butterfly’s Burden by Mahmoud Darwish

Do you think Literature should have pain in it?

Pain is what helps us confront what we are really afraid of. I have given up being tough. If one is tough, they are a braggart and they wouldn’t last a fucking day in the real world. I am weak. I am the one who has to deal with my own insecurities, so I put it all out there. It’s better to be weak and strong because you’ll live longer. Literature is what allows us to transcend the usual dorms of our bodies. It’s better to understand what we don’t have, and know that we are being punished. It’s better to understand that punishment will release us from our miserable lives, but still, it doesn’t make sense. Why do people run towards pain when all they do is live inside a world of hurt? Aren’t we compassionate enough towards people? Have people lost the basic rights of moral empathy or have they just been burying their hatred and love into Netflix and rolling our eyes at the ones we love? Do we think just because we are talented is that we are morally superior? It’s better to live on a ration of soup because it will teach you what you need in life and what you don’t. But I do enjoy my treats. I know that I will be better if I shed myself of the fast food, and literature is about watching us go on a journey. If we are all insecure, literature will help us. If we just watch the words through our tears, maybe we will be happy. Maybe we will look at our family members and forgive them for what they have done to us? It’s only right. Why do we have to hurt each other when we don’t know what we are thinking or feeling. It’s better to admit we are weak and protect those who are weaker than us. They need help, and we should protect them and give them the support they need. It’s better to admit that being a loser is not what are born to be. Sometimes we are just born to be losers, and maybe if we work at it, maybe we can better, but what we see is not really our fault. It’s hard to be in the field when you know you belong in a palace. It’s hard to suffer. I have suffered and suffered and I can’t look at anyone until I achieve my dream. It’s a fools hope, but every fool has hope. Literature is what gives us the strength to go on, and we have to bury ourselves in words, or we will collapse. If people can’t see why we are in pain, then they are “the deaf, dumb and blind” and those who know their journey will see their journey next to me. We will walk together and know that our struggle is bound to each other. The way we comprehend it is up to us. We need to find what motivates us, and it can’t be money. If everyone knew the secret to getting paid for writing, then everyone would be rich and famous. But no, we starve, and as the Seven Samurai fought for Kana village, I fight for my books and those who fight for their ideas. We are all one, and we shall be connected through words and thoughts, and those who haven’t seen it, will never see the vision. Without pain, there is no literature, and we are all connected through our words. WE ARE IMMORTAL!

Journey’s Through Literature: The Debate About Opening a Newspaper

9 Feb

Reading: Mahmoud Darwish “The Butterfly’s Burden” (Possibly) Doom series by Dayvd Ab Hugh and Brad Linaweaver (Definitely) Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville

Listening to: The Pscyhic World of Walter Reed by Killah Priest

Have you found any reasons to open up a newspaper again?

I don’t support papers that seem to lie to people, and I think both sides of the publications lie to each other, but I do support their freedom of speech. I want them to know that I protect their right to make their bullshit up to thousands of people because it’s their publication and their right to tell whatever story or journey they want people to live in. It’s when both sides are telling opposite opinions that something is wrong. It’s the opinion that while there are stories to tell, I look for the entertainment factor. I like entertainment, but I am very selective about what I read. I am not afraid to read something like Doom by Dafydd Ab Hugh and Brad Linaweaver. It seems to me that books should go into realms of horror and know that they can be true to us and feel like they happened. I am promoting the ability to have an imagination, and sometimes, people don’t want imagination. They are best left at the back door where they want to tell the truth. The truth is good, but a portion of truth is partly a fabrication of truth and opinion. It seems to me an interesting statement to make. While there is a choice in understanding motivation, character and sentences are what I look for. Having the character do many things is just what I see on most journeys. My recent book is mostly about professions and what they mean. Sometimes people are born into dangerous professions knowing that this is the only choice they would have and know that what has to give in will admit that they are listening to the voices inside their head. Having voices inside your head is apart of reading fiction. Non-fiction plays by those rules too. It’s a choice we all take. But I think lies are relatively important in a fictional world because sometimes reality is not going to be able to tell the story that you want. Fiction writers need to find what their own abilities are, and play to their strengths. Non-Fiction writers choose their topics and do research. I don’t really believe that there are rules to fiction, and sometimes I did think that there were rules, but I was listening to the people who have already been accepted by the major industries. You think what they say is true, but they are just giving out there opinion. I feel like fiction does something else. It must promote lawlessness, ambition, and grandiose ideas that would sometimes stifle the result of what is lost in most nonfiction books. It’s not that I don’t promote nonfiction. I think Lawrence Wright’s “Going Clear” is a perfect way to tell a story around one person’s experience, Paul Haggis, in Scientology and tell it like an interweaving story of delusions, cult, and phenomenon. As every professional thinks, I know that there is a voice in fiction that needs to be heard, and those who fight for fictional voices are fighting for the imagination. It helps when they are better at understanding the tenor instruments of voice, character, sentence structure, and the ability to do things that other professionals wish they could do. It’s not all about the dollar. It’s a nice conundrum. Living inside the margins, as Don Delilo, said, is what makes a writer good. If you take your chances and write fiction, you might just love it. If you have that voice and know what you want to do in your stories, you will always find an audience. I write against type, so I don’t get read very much, but fiction has the ability to maintain a certain degree of empathy. I became righteous when I stopped living in a bubble, and I hear both sides of the argument. Somethings I say online too, even on my personal page, are really a provocation against my own party because I feel the left has been extremely divided. It makes me consider people’s feelings. While I am imperfect, I stand for the people and their right to read whatever they want, say whatever they want, and be whoever they want. I’m peaceful but I don’t believe that creating a clammer of noise is going to help your argument either. But in a way, I’m really not peaceful. I was just teasing. I want to establish borders that have been unforeseen in the literary world, and take it further than they have. If that’s the goal, all I can do is keep writing. While I am imperfect, I believe that craft is more important than trying to put on airs.

Journey Through Literature: Juggling Ropes

7 Feb

Reading: Distant Star by Robert Belano, Swamp Thing by Alan Moore,

Playing: Doom on Nintendo Switch

What does it mean to review games and books that you feel takes you on a journey?

Books always represent a journey for me. Writing them is another facet of a journey that has to be aware and reliable at the same time. Journeys in video games seem to be something that respects the player while giving them responsibilities to think about after the game is over. While books do this as well, writing is another facet of it all together. It’s knowing that you are taking characters and developing them along the way because things happen every day. It’a journey to have a vocation that you can be proud of, and video games represent a new facet of that journey since literature can be found in many forms of expression. But writing books has always represented my lifelong journey through identity and finding what suits my reality at the time of writing a book. Video games represent a different type of journey, but when I see my own writing I can be proud of what I have done. Writing is something that can only be measured with patience and those who are willing to be the best at what they are. It’s the best option for those who feel like they don’t have any control. It’s better to understand the reasons why there are so many journeys that one must make. I have written over 40 novels, and they are thousands of journeys that I have taken. The feeling of accomplishment and those who feel they must continue to focus on their appreciation and what they see as the only chance they can to have more than one journey. Those who don’t feel like they have a purpose tend to move towards art because that’s a journey that they can take on their own. It’s an escape out of a life they never asked for. The contentment one has to understand is the same appreciation that they don’t feel is what art can provide. The reason why so many people are artists is that they feel like they have never been heard or taken seriously. it means that what people can do is appreciate the feelings one impresses in their art and know that sometimes it’s not just happiness, but sadness and rage, and characters who push through even when they have nothing to live for. Maybe it’s foolish to think people can be reached with words, but it’s a journey I’m willing to take. The overall impression that is allowing them to feel what they have to contain and even they are instructive in what they feel. Sometimes works of art don’t have to be sweet or sensitive, but sometimes anger is appropriate in any works of fiction. It speaks to those who don’t have a way of releasing their emotions. It’s hard to say whether people shouldn’t release their emotions, but it if people are so sad that they can’t speak it, then art should speak for those who are sad or enraged and know that someone else feels the same way as they do. Violence instead of art leads to nothing but sadness and misery. Without art and artists speaking for people and addressing such vital things in our society, or to a personal level, their emotions, then what is art good for? Nobody wants a mirror. But it’s good to study and appreciate things, but not “ennoble away from its subject matter” as Walter Hill said on the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast. It helps when art can speak for the disenfranchised, and it relieves stress. Understanding people’s pain is where an artist is needed. The feeling of relieving demons and art has to say the things we can’t say in polite conversation. It has to say what others will not be able to say in what they will see in themselves. They know they are hiding, but what art, video games, and books, can express what is seen in their lives. If people can’t express who they are, then they look to art. And blaming Republicans for everything doesn’t solve the problem of what is wrong either. It’s when art takes that neutral view and knows that what happens is still out of our hands, and our journeys are what make us who we are. That’s why books and video games, and graphic novels, are still what reach people today, and those journeys are our own.

Journey Through Literature

4 Feb

Finished reading: Factotum by Charles Bukowski

Playing: Doom on Nintendo Switch

What is your relationship to video games?

Ever since my father bought me a Nintendo, original, the box, I feel like that has contributed to my journey through literature as any book has. I feel like the novel should have something interactive about it like you can taste the surroundings or feel what’s going on with the characters, and know what the world is thinking. It’s easy to put things into narratives, but to live in another world requires diligence and imagination. It doesn’t mean we should ignore reality, but video games help provide some storyboard like quality to the writing. Now, with most games, they have a story, but Doom is very singular in its story. There are holograms, which I feel is borrowing from Prometheus, by Ridley Scott, with the scenes where the holograms are highlighting certain events of the story. Doom uses that very simple storytelling device. Games have become so much more interesting than movies because what they have done is help build a narrative that doesn’t seem to end. You can keep going and further, and you feel your neck crane down. The switch can be played in bed, very much like reading a book. It seems to me that games can have a narrative that’s just as good as any of my fiction. I feel like I am much as debt to any novel as there are video games. It helps me think clearly and provides some distraction for an hour or so. Wolfenstein, which is coming out on Switch, makes me think that games can still tell stories through a journey, or narrative, just like a novel. Wolfenstein, the New Collusus, makes me think that there are more creative motives than just money. I’m not in the agreement that John Cormack said that “video game stories are that of porn films. It’s expected to be there, but it’s not really important.” If video games followed ID’s lead back then, video games would not be around. But Id did prove themselves with DOOM in 2016 that they could tell a story that didn’t need a lot of expository dialogue. It makes you think “Oh shit, demons. Guns. Let’s kill them.” Who wouldn’t want to kill Demons? It makes me think that video games are taking a journey just like I am with my writing. Plus with the Switch, I can play it anywhere, just like I’m reading a book. I think portability and fun are the best qualities in a video game, and Nintendo proved they could port mature content to video games. Video games and literature share one thing in common: postmodernism. Gravity’s Rainbow could be a video game. There’s no limit to a storyline and the acid like the quality of the 60’s writing (even though the main story takes place in WW 2) would be great for a video game adaptation. Video games get Gravity’s Rainbow, and they are making great strides to tell grand stories just like what Gravity’s Rainbow did. It reminds us that video games do hold a great potential in the future for most video games.

Have video games reached a peak for graphics?

Unless you have a PC, systems have gone as far as they can go, and I don’t care about graphics that much as long as the fun factor and the portability of the Nintendo Switch can be used in one package. Just like a book. It takes no time at all to apply both sides of the brain when it comes to a journey, and sometimes, journey’s are important for the soul as it is for the mind. But should they be formulaic? No. Literature and video games prove that they share more in common than they believe. But when it comes to literature, no one is excluded. Everyone’s invited to follow us on journey’s and we have to go on one before we are stuck in dead-end jobs with no future. But Charles Bukowski taught me that jobs are only temporary, but literature (and video games) are forever. They can keep us enthralled forever.

Journey Through Literature-The Post-birthday Post

3 Feb

How does it feel to be old?

‘It feels great. As each day continues, my writing is getting stronger. It means that I can consciously make mistakes and call it a literary technique. I am not afraid to admit there are things that I don’t regret because I think everything I do is worth reading. It means that no matter what people say, I know I am talented. If you don’t think you are talented, you need to question whether you really want to be a writer. But sometimes that comes with age. You have to understand that writing as you get older means you can make better decisions and make the audience think like you. You are taking care of what you are writing, and what you do is necessarily not for the reader’s pleasure either. I am aware that there are readers, but writers have to have their own space where they can create. Sometimes being a fan is not a good thing. You can cloud yourself with their mistakes. If you like them, you are influenced by them. But no one is allowed to master the mistakes like a pro. It means that there is a choice in understanding the remaining decisions that one must make in order to turn their life into a living legend. But even then, legends are made to die, so I don’t think I’m a legend. It means that sometimes you have to expect that someone might think you aren’t good enough, but what you have is better than the rest. It means that sometimes there are mistakes that you have to make in order to accept who you are as a writer. It’s better to say “people can change” but you can only change if you want to change. Accepting the faults we make gets easier as we get older, but literature has always been made of faults, and what people think are editorial designs is a design that has been chosen by a team of editors. While editors help a novel become better, it’s the fact that without the writer there would be no editors. An editor has to accept the eccentricities of a writer and help readers understand their eccentricities. It helps when all have been understood, and a piece of art can be made. It’s better to assimilate and know that writers are open-ended about their questions. Even what they see is still manageable. Even what they see is still the predicament of most writers and they have to find their own means of traversing through the literary territory. It helps when one is understood and those who sense that what they see as a good opportunity for writing a novel might not be the best idea. But sometimes, if you realize what’s wrong with it, you can make it work. But even then, sometimes what’s wrong is what helps a novel predicament change. You have to always rely on tensions within a character or a plot device, but still, using the word plot device feels like it should be used in baking. This isn’t food. Writing is something that can’t be measured or divided up in a petri dish. If it is, there is no choice but to admit that people are allowing themselves to be changed by old techniques rather than their own literary style. It’s good to have influences, but those influences are not what most writers tend to think about. John Irving loves Herman Melville, and I do too. But this doesn’t mean that we should all try and find new meanings in each new work. It’s hard to attempt to see that even those writers had to take on monumental tasks on their own, and without help. It’s good to have a book ready if you have nothing else to say, but you should always be ready to write anything down. Even if it makes people uncomfortable. if someone is uncomfortable, you have done your duty. It’s easy to find out that most people are easily disturbed by things, and you have to understand what most people see as disturbing as a fun adventure for you. The writer. No one should stop and say, “Let’s all calm down.” No, there is no reason that we should stop and those who find new meaning in the chaos are often rewarded with new emotional wells that never stop filling up. It helps when we have to focus our strength and know that with each story we write, it’s a new depth of imagination one is ready to undertake. Sometimes it’s a short or a long journey, but it’s totally up to you. Being older means you can make more crazy decisions with your writing than you have imagined. But birthdays are continuing to find themselves, even when we don’t realize it. But to be old is not a cause for a writer to undertake. Taking risks is what the writer should see in their old age. Jump off the cliff and never think about the consequences. Slay a dragon. Just don’t let the dragon know you see them. And if they see you, run after them.