Archive | May, 2020

Journey through Literature: American Literature

30 May

What does the American Literature hold for the readers of a newfound country, if. they are an alien and become a citizen?

Like most immigrants, the original Americans were found on ships that arrived, as Christopher Columbus was searching for India, he found a new country. Ships are not controlled like they are in the modern world. They use guidance systems. The first Americans didn’t have any maps to find America, and it wasn’t even called that. America, was originally named for Amerigo Vespucci, as it was mostly found on the evidence of a new country, but America did not have a literary history until the Colonials wrote there history and the folklore of the Colonial writing would attest to the history of the first settlers. Most of the first settlers who found there way chartered maps and they detailed the structure of the states. It was only after the war with England that the country had to make a decision to live by there own laws than the Crown. The defecation of English tyranny on American soil is not what your ancestors wanted. They didn’t want to be dependent on the Crown for there freedom. They were not going to be run by a small little Island. The literature of the time proved that there was confidence in the Americas. The revolutionary war proved that America was ready to become it’s own Nation to be heralded as the greatest in all the world. The defiance of the Americans is the soil of American literature. Any who are born here are descended from the forefathers of the writers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. It was defiance that became the heart beat of the American way. Land of the free, home of the Brave. The early settlers knew they were creating as much opportunity for trade. America, in all of it’s beauty, is certainly born out of trade and free market capitalism. Most of the fur trade came from America, supplying lots of furs and inventions. What the Revolutionary War proved is that America was ready to invent and become a nation of inventors, scholars, philosophers, and writers that could stand with the world and become a Nation born of free will and Independence. American literature of the early settlers reminds the world that we are the nation that invented the cotton gin, morse code, but it was with Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, that sparked the flame of many pens that would move such writers to call him the American writer that many Europeans dubbed, the American Writer. DH Lawrence called it “one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world” and “the greatest book of the sea ever written” (Lawrence, 1923, 168)

What is so special about Moby Dick?

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, was published in 1851, as it was not an instant success, but one of America’s greatest bomb. It killed Herman Mellville’s career, as many today would not read the book out of fear of the archaic writing would be too much for them. His contemporary, Nathaniel Hawthorne, was more successful than Herman Mellvile, as he was only known for Billy Budd, his far most beloved work today. Moby Dick is and will always be a reminder of American writer’s lineage today. Even if they are not related, and one becomes an American citizen that very day, they are gifted the legacy of the library, and the ability to create a library card to read all the books that we can. Melville, in his own way, was living by his own code, much of an American ethos, as the can do spirit is what drives many writers to expand and become apart of the American literary scene. If Melville were alive, he would probably urge people not to write books, but get into social media, if he were a millennial. The urgency to write and become a literary star is over in the world of America, but to imagine Herman Melville retiring old and bitter in the clerk office, where he was always dependent on his time to write. Much of Moby Dick’s theme of revenge centers on such a notion that any thriller writer would be jealous of the psychopathic tendency to veer into the operatic. Check out the scene where Ishmael is at the Church and the priest gives the speech about Jonah and the Whale. (BTW in each move version, that role is always gifted to a legacy actor, like Orson Welles and Patrick Stewart). What made the world far incredible is the movement of the novel. Each section is meticulous that can spend upward of ten or more pages on a specific rant or the equivalent of what makes a millennial shit there pants. Millennials want everything spoon fed to them, but Melville was an author, he wanted to expand on his knowledge that came from his own personal life, or on the journey of the Essex. What is destruction if the characters are not yet mad enough to think Ahab should be overthrown, but it’s Ahab’s will to find Moby Dick and it would be his doomed journey that would kill most of his crew. The upstanding promise of vengeance is always a force to destroy any man who was suicidal enough. American literature is incumbent on the pulse of society.

Why does the publishing industry seem like a far cry from the pioneers of American Literature?

Philip Roth predicted, as he might be wrong, that books would become obsolete. He didn’t see there importance. Hopefully, he was wrong, but Roth was always a pessimist. American Literature is the worthy opponent to the thinking man’s game, but even so, sometimes it’s wild propensity to follow your dreams where you should. What American Literature, even in genre, prove that while realistic fiction is slowly fading away, Science Fiction populates many of the geniuses, such as Philip K Dick, again, another writer who was unknown in his lifetime, as he wasn’t allowed to make a living off his writing. All talented writers are avoided in there lifetime, and it’s either up to the family estate to make sure his work carries on. What makes Philip K. Dick an interesting person is that while he was mentally ill, he could harness his craft and still create a legacy for himself. The way he details an home invasion and lists all the possible suspects, but even puts himself as apart of the conspirators. It was without precedent. It made the world of science fiction as appealing as it was defined by the genre itself. But Science Fiction was becoming an undercurrent which would make Philip K. Dick the legend he became posthumously. While Melville and Dick were both far and few two writers who seemed likely for commercial success, they share a lot in common. Two writers that withstood there contemporaries. The influence is the same, as the two writers were rather unknown, but two differences lay between them. Philip K Dick was at least started to be recognized at the end of his lifetime, and one could say, die rather triumphantly. Melville died unknown until other authors found him again in the spirit of the unknown, as both confirmations further unrepentant, guided by the mourning of both career and writing. It wasn’t like Phil had enough problems. He was addicted to drugs, and he had fled the country as he checked himself into a rehab clinic, getting him sober for the last few years of his life. The reality is that someone who is mentally ill can create magnificent works of fiction.

What are some of the similarities between Philip K. Dick and Herman Melville?

Well, there’s a cultish sensibility around both PKD and Melville, but it’s not unimaginable that both would make writing there crusade but never offered any recongnition in there lifetime. What is absolutely paramount is the will to see that both authors could find there own heaven in there time. Be it on a boat on the Pequod or in a world that’s been taken over by Nazi’s. The underhanded notion of fame is a distraction that all writers should forfeit if they want to be famous. Being famous is for people who didn’t have much to lose. Then they cry when they lose there anononymity. The reality is far worse when someone is famous. The writing ultimately suffers when they are appreciated in there life time. Being famous isn’t worth the price tag for accessibility, as the problem becomes if the writer is allowed to write more books. The obvious decision is to release the work independently because if being independent means you have more control, then most authors of a new generation will find it in there that most authors have to create and they will make money on there own. Both PKD and Herman Melville were products of there time as some would say they were both unsung hero’s as there are more reasons to not write. Most just want to make money, and while money isn’t bad, it shouldn’t rule your life. If you want to be creative and push the limits of your craft, it’s not going to make you money. If it does, it probably is a fluke. Publicity machines make people famous today, not the writing itself. It’s always a catchy idea that makes people want to read others, and find there niche writing it, but without an audience there are no writers, but it makes no difference in the cyber world. The trick is now who can really survive, and who is willing to sacrifice there time and become Internet billionaires. The reality is you can do it. All by yourself. If you get famous in the process so be it. Otherwise, it’s a grind. The reality is that both PKD and Melville are as more famous than they ever were in there lifetime. The reality is far more disconcerting in the author’s lifetime, and not posthumously.

Does American Literature require something else to survive?

American Literature has hit a cross roads because with video games, how could writing ever matter, and the filmmakers of the seventies, if they were millennials, would have become game developers. It’s not like there’s no one talent one can be well versed in. Writing novels is not about fame or fortune, and sometimes most good authors are overlooked in there lifetime. It’s a reality that can’t be held for the sake of money. Money only makes one time writers lazy, and they don’t want to continue writing. It’s many of the unsung writers, like myself, who know that American Literature must return back to the roots of the world long past. To know how to cut a tree down. To carry bricks. To be men again. Writing about men with computers makes the world far less intriguing, but maybe science fiction can become the next gateway, and while it certainly has, the millennial generation can’t seem to find there way in novel writing. There are probably a plethora of writers out there I’m not mentioning, millennial and Generation Z, who want to become writers, but maybe they will work as real estate developers and they can write for half the day after they sell houses that pay off most of there bills for the next twenty years. Most writers and thinkers are often converts from other fields. But American writing needs to remember grit. It needs to remember the Wild West. The place where people could make there own way through life. American Literature has always been able to adapt.

The Void is Losing Control

23 May

How has this insanity with the Last of Us Part II affected you?

It has been a while since the original Last of Us came out in 2013, then the time has finally come to accept that no other choice is made. Turn off from negative criticism. I can understand why people are definitely mad. I wrote about it too, but it seems at this point there is a deep resentment for the content community. They are facing an uphill battle.

I support there right to boycott the game if they want, and that’s the beauty of choice, but what youtubers don’t understand is that I have seen there channels. They scream and shout and shit on people who have differences in opinion. It’s there right, and I accept that people were not happy about Naughty Dogg copyright striking there channels, but youtubers have to become a Howard Stern performer to make sure people watch them, and it’s no different than NPCNN and Fox News shouting and complaining about political opinions on each side.

Alex Jones is far more unbiased than most you tubers, but he has conviction and humor, and a personality, and is genuine. There are only few you tubers who have wit and intelligence to there credit. Raz0rfist, It’saGundam, Sargon of Akkad, Sh0eonhead, Joe Roegan, Tim Pool, Lady Alchemy, Milo Yiannopolous (as his twitter game was hilarious) and Styxhexenhammer666. They are the only two people on youtube I hold with respect, and are entertaining to watch and or listen to. They are definitely two creators that have anything left to say. Raz0rfist made a powerful video on the positive influence of copyright, and those who would defy the original creator just to exploit it for profit gains. He doesn’t like Hideo Kojima, but I still know what a smart man is, and a smart person will never agree with everyone. I like Hideo Kojima but I wouldn’t stand against Raz0rfist to speak his mind (never bet against the Razo bitch!). I’m not the thought police, and I don’t want to be. Controlling people is a scary idea and it doesn’t end up working for the better.

Why do you feel so attached to the Last of US Part 2

It’s a dream to see this game finally come out. I have dreamed of scenes for the new game and at my lowest point, I could play this game and feel better at the end. It got me through a rough emotional time in my life. I am happy to see Ellie, Joel, Tommy, and the new characters of the world. I am excited to spend 40 hours in the world, and test my grit. It makes me happy to see all that time wasn’t wasted. I will judge if the game is a stinker on my own and I will make my own decisions on whether the game is good or bad. Otherwise, I am excited.

What problems do you have with Naughty Dogg?

I have asked Naughty Dogg to talk to me. I want to hear there side of the story. I wanted to talk to Neil Druckman, and get his side of the story. As a independent writer and avid fan of the game, I wanted to see what he had to say about the controversy of the leak. I would be pissed myself if something I was working on for seven years was stolen and leaked online. I would be out for blood. The other thing that wasn’t surprising to me, it’s woke story. Which no one cared about. It’s never been the issue with me. The whole problem is the Crunch method, which pushes people to work constantly and not let them go home. Neil Druckman’s idea about “mysognitic” integrity is like watching a muslim eat a ham sandwich, and expecting me to believe the words he says. It’s hypocritical, because as Bret Easton Ellis said, “An act of mysogny in a work doesn’t mean the work is mysoginist.” It’s Druckman’s right to think how he does, and I expect him to never give this article the time of day. A narcissist who stares into a computer all the time is not the best person to ask if he actually ask if he can relate to others.

So Creative people are proud?

As a writer of over 16 books, and a total of more than seventy books, you have to have confidence to write and live inside your own thoughts. Read novels, and experiment, and become better in your craft. Whether it’s youtube or a poet, devoting to your craft is what makes you better. I needed to fall in real life in order to become better in writing. Forced into Woodrow Wilson Rehab clinic, it was often a time I disregard in my narrative. It’s a place that I don’t talk about. It’s like entering a mad house where no one talks to you. But I did learn to just stay quiet and take notes. I was proud to be a college graduate when I was forced into chains. But I did figure out who I was. I was lonely and I could become stronger as a writer. The underlying problem is accepting that I wasn’t at my best, and I pushed myself to focus in, and I wrote all the time after the time in the desert. So, yeah, I’m proud to be who I am. To be mocked, which is fine. To be loved, which is fine too. No victimhood mentality here. The journey sometimes has to put you in hell and then you cover yourself in gasoline and become the fire you want, and you shouldn’t care what people say.

Are you a little jaded by you tubers, or more so the Fandom Menace?

A certain few in the Fandom Menace are like children yelling at a screen, like a lost transmission. They seem like people you wouldn’t want to be around. They don’t ever respond to you, unless you are questioning there authority, just like Naughty Dogg. They attack dissenters just the same as Naughty Dogg but they want to be able to harass companies like they are vigilantes in a poorly written comic book story. One content maker/youtubers drawings are second grade Bob Crumb reject comics (Bob Crumb is good compared to the garbage I see from this content creators). And they get donations for there comics (late with the delivery times and not allowing refunds) like they are pure, and no one can tell they are just bullshit artists with no real talent or craft, or didn’t earn the title to be an artist. Then there are creators who eat quarter pounders in Jersey and they chase after twitch thots and big gaming companies, as if they were god’s gift to mankind. (Real Journalistic integrity, Walter Cronkite would be so proud. I’m sure he’s going to get a Pulitizer for his work. He’s about as truthful as Ronin Farrow when he’s chasing after false leads he can’t confirm, but calls them facts. Then quote tweeting a composer thinking his was a SJW when he misread the conversation, and was totally right, and he was wrong). Then there are those creators who publicize there sister’s death on a live stream and they use it to get views. Really, benefitting off a dead sibling for views? RIP, because that’s sad, and it’s unfair to her sister. If these youtibers were in the real comic book industry, back in the day, they wouldn’t exist. Cultural Commentators are rarely artists. It’saGundam has hilarious videos about making fun of e-thots, and it makes me laugh, because he understands what is funny. There are some youtubers who are mentally unwell who got famous for it. Wings of Redemption and Dark Side Phil (who was the male twitch thot before it was populated by girls, as he masturbated on live stream once). I wish someone had given Wings medication, and maybe he would have been better. But again, bad behavior is rewarded and discussion is only jaded by single minded fanatics who have no real artistry behind there words. Then other content creators who hate Auteurs you are merely just another art school junkie reject with a microphone. Opinions aren’t facts, and I don’t believe people today know the difference. It takes more than screaming on the Internet about things you can’t control to make you an artist. To be respected by frauds in the industry is not what I want. Stephen King is another fraud who sold out, but that’s already known. He did come back for a hot minute regarding “diversity and talent” but then he went back to TRUMP BAD rant on his tweets.

Do you think they were rejected as Artists and so they took to the Internet just to complain about others?

You don’t really know what Art is until you make it yourself. Not just fan art for pre existing products. You don’t have a voice until you create your own world and characters that you thought up on your own. Knowing your genre is one thing because it will allow you to not just copy off what others do. I know that Boomers got away with this, but I have standards when it comes to my art. Critics are many and destroying artists takes no effort at all. Complaining is only an art form if you know the fundamental elements of humor and the history behind what is funny and how to make jokes. Comedians bomb all the time when they start because they need to perfect the joke or there delivery. Creating a work of art is allowing yourself to be wrong and right.Ranting is only good when you know what your subject is and you can hone your thoughts in perspective to become funny. Being funny and artistic takes years to master. It’s like what RZA said on the second disc to Wu-Tang Forever, “It takes years for this” and you can’t be funny or artistic overnight. Social Commentators, like Bill Maher, are only funny when they have a laughter backing up there words. Everyone wants validation, but do they deserve it? I hope that these people know reality will hit them one day. Have they ever had to do a job they didn’t want? Like working on a lumber mill yard or even Target where they are on there feet all day and they have to work for a boss? They scream about censorship when they have never once had to be quiet for a boss telling them they are wrong. The real world doesn’t give validation and youtube is not true validation. It’s a tool. It’s not real life.

Was that like how people hated Scorses for his comment about the Marvel Universe?

Again, he was right. Marvel films are not cinema. The Seventh Seal, Seven Samurai, 8 1/2, La Jate (later inspired for 12 monkeys), are cinema. Not Marvel. It’s worrisome when amateurs think they know everything. It’s why experience and research means a lot today. Watching films outside of your comfort zone. Knowing what has come before so you can make something new. An entire generation of people, in the Star Wars and Trek universe don’t want anything new. They want validation and telling others it’s wrong for liking things. Scorsese though is right on numerous levels. It’s entertainment, and not on the level of deep philosophical debate. The Captain America films are the only ones who even tread near it, but it’s Joss Whedon who knew how to blend the humor and make it last. Ultron is the last of the Marvel films I picked up on before I saw Infinity War. Infinity War was the end of the series. Marvel is not the world of cinema. Goodfellas is Cinema. Bad Lieutenant is cinema. The Thin Red Line is Cinema. No Country for Old Men is Cinema. Apocalypse Now is Cinema. Seven Samurai is Cinema. The Godfather is Cinema. Clockwork Orange is Cinema. Passion of the Christ is Cinema. Stalker is Cinema. Rambo is Cinema. Pulp Fiction is Cinema. La Dolce Vita and Amacord are Cinema. To hate Scorsese’s comments is only confirming what little the Marvel fans know about the history of cinema. Wes Anderson got too cutsie after a while, and while they are interesting, they don’t resonate with me that much now. That’s why bringing back the characters at Endgame was not a risky move. If you left the characters dead, it might have been interesting, and left a real dread.

Is the Void losing control?

When you enter a cult, it always tastes like honey, but after a while, the thoughts of the cult leader’s don’t change, and you can’t question them, and they repeat themselves, that the alluring presence of the cult leader sounds more tyrannical in there position. They don’t want to hear what you have to say. They want you to think like them and they will punish you, but it feels like the void of youtube is honestly dying. The only thing will be heard is Babylon’s dead womb.