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The Cult of Hemingway

8 Apr

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With much of Ernest Hemingway’s life and adventures that make up much of the cult of Hemingway’s writing, it makes an average reader marvel at the simplicity of writing. Yes, I am not at war with Hemingway’s shadow but nor do I find him a genius, by any means. What Hemingway did with his writing was ignoring what most of his peers, including Ezra Pound and Faulkner did, by complicating the text. Hemingway went for simplicity. “A true sentence.”

            I’m not angry at a man who had a bachelors life and had a lot of trust issues, which is common with most artists, and nor does his suicide signify his legacy. A writer committing suicide is probably the least noteworthy efforts of any writers accomplishments. He considered his father weak for committing suicide, and thus would then in turn push himself to committing the same act. It’s common for people whose loved ones to commit suicide to do it as well. So, I don’t fault him for Hemingway killing himself.

            But the cult of Hemingway’s writing is that while his major accomplishment of writing simply is part of the appeal of Hemingway, you can honestly lose a lot if you don’t pay attention and stop reading Hemingway just to get to the end of a book report. 

            What would make Hemingway racy and controversial during his heyday would not really matter to most modern readers anymore. Hell, the Marquis De Sade had his own version of how to torment his characters to such an extent that most readers don’t even go near his fiction, like Justine or Salo. What makes Hemingway attractive is the simplicity of his work, but does that simplicity mean a lot if you are reading him for a book review/report and you don’t slow down to get the subtlety of his dialogue to understand the pain the characters go through.

            My concern with Hemingway is not with the life of the writer in question. I don’t care about what he did in the past or outside of his writing to consider him a great writer. He was a hunter, womanizer, drunk, but does this really concern the argument in question.

            The cut of Hemingway is concerned with a a simplicity that often now is not even cared for anymore, or it’s disregarded in fiction. Simplicity is fine if you don’t have all the time in the world. Most difficult writers are ignored for the sake of a writer who writes simply. Hell if that’s true, James Patterson is avant garde and daring. Which he is not. 
            What Hemingway’s writing, whoever was inspired by it, would introduce a mediocre quality. A best seller list of authors who are about as anonymous names that you could pull out of a phone book. Hell, simplistic clear writing doesn’t guarantee you money or wealth anymore. Nor does a writers difficulty mean that he’s a literary genius. What Hemingway did introduce with his simplicity is what can not be duplicated.

            While I’m more of a Conrad, Kipling, and Pynchon fan, I do see why Hemingway is revered by book readers in general. But that doesn’t mean anyone who followed in Hemingway’s footsteps is a genius either. 

            Cormac McCarthy is the only one who might be able to wear the title of a most difficult but widely read writer who has a mass appeal, just like Hemingway.

            While I do see there is a cult and fascination with the past, and trying to cancel someone like Hemingway would undo the years of commercial writing, Hemingway’s simplicity can be seen as a crutch, if not paying attention.

            A question in some of my reviews, when I don’t get it is, “How can someone write so simply yet obfuscate the direction the writer is heading in.” That’s like taking Lovecraft’s weird warped vision but making it accessible, but still dense. It takes a genius to do that sort of writing, but Hemingway’s simplistic technique is why so many people like him. 

            I’m not coming down on Hemingway at all. I read like all young people Old Man and the Sea, and I thought it was important. But the overall starch quality of writing today can’t compare to the painful observations Hemingway adds in much of his work. Most would rather trade substance for starch, with writers like Dan Brown and James Patterson, taking accessibility, but allowing speed to take over for substance. Just because a book is fast doesn’t mean it deserves awards, fame, or monetary recognition. 

            Commercial writers can use both starch and substance and create really effective work. David Mitchell proves to make difficult work while writing simply and with a commercial appeal. A reader, and critics could confuse John Irving’s books reminiscent of Hemingway, but Irving is more of a Dicken’s fan, as Dickens used heavy emotion within a grand tapestry. Hemingway sacrificed much of a grand tapestry for a sparse declarative sentence. Irving relies on comedy and drama, but not just drama entirely. 

            It’s hard for me to consider Hemingway a great writer when he was a better editor. Dickens loved long sentences while Hemingway did not, which comes from his background in journalism. 

            I do think Hemingway did leave a legacy but those who copied his style do not do his legacy any favors, but also, how trite it can be, too. 

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. Also, he writes on https://louisbruno.substack.com, where you can support him directly, and where he will post one article a day. Also he can be found on Our Freedom Book https://www.ourfreedombook.com/thereallouistbruno17 His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.  His next series, City of Sand, will be available sometime this year.

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Art and Culture # 24: Profits over Product

11 Mar
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In the comic book, and entertainment industry, as a whole, has fostered many creative people. Frank Miller, Alan Moore, and there are so many other talented people in the entertainment world that have to remain relevant but also many who find their own pleasure in serving a niche crowd. If the worst thing to take away from this article, or piece, is that “everyone is a scumbag in the industry.” There are, and we all know their names. They are numerous and they have all verified twitter check marks. It’s insane to me that comics and entertainment would only focus on profits, which means cutting down the artistry and craft behind many artistic endeavors. Sometimes writers forsake a weird sentence, or purple prose, for something more direct. If purple prose offends anyone, don’t read books. But the direct nature of books and how everything must be scripted into one unilateral form, is part way a death in Art and Culture. 

            What is more upsetting is that profits are intertwined with the way the culture blows. If the industry sees that people aren’t reading comics anymore, they will cut back supply and demands. If books, the more difficult ones, are not given the proper edification as say best sellers do, then that’s not artistic balance, it’s profits over product. 

            If you think that we are living in dark days with censorship, this has been going on for a long time. Libraries often have many banned book weeks as they tally up all the books censored all over the world. But this is not just about celebrating banned literature, but also celebrating books that are often difficult to find. If profits are what companies only think about, then why would anyone ever write anything risqué? Who would ever want to read risqué books when some of them don’t recoop the cash. 

            Usually if a book is difficult, you finish it and read it again. The power dynamic of a book can appeal to taste over time. Sometimes profitable stories are not built over one big hit. Blade Runner is a classic because it has managed to breathe in the culture of movies, and Philip K. Dick has become so well know, but during his life he was poor.

            He ate dog food. Yes, his own mother paid his way until he died. I think it must have been terribly difficult for Philip K. Dick. He was unappreciated and died poor, but the legacy of a creators work sometimes is beyond the control of a company profit. Is profit really controlled by a company that wants someone to be successful or does profit matter more? With Dan Brown, profit matters morel but his legacy falls short. 

            It’s not always about profit. Most people who write books never get famous or rich, and loneliness and the willingness to cast aside a job just to be able to write, or paint a picture, doesn’t mean you will get rich. I think it puts a strain on marriages, and it hurts when a partner doesn’t make money. If the wife is fine with it, like Frank Herbert’s wife, the six year gamble paid off and Dune, after being rejected by nearly everyone, was published by Chilton, an auto mechanic guide. I shit you not. This actually happened. The first run hardcover edition is a priceless book and if kept in good condition, is worth more than 25 thousand dollars.

            That is one story of how profit and a writer’s vision was met by the world and embraced by the general public. So, there are countless stories of how profit never works out for a writer in the short term. Most famously, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, was a failure when finished, and it was derided for much of what modern readers can fault it for. It rambled. Most people who read Moby Dick feel a kindred spirit with it, often never have friends to share it with. But it’s the book that every American should read. Melville delivered a book that far outlived the authors time but a cult of group readers kept the book alive, and in bookstores for years since then. It proves that a book doesn’t have to sell to hold a lasting legacy to American literature. Profit sometimes doesn’t matter, but in a way, profit is a nice addition. It helps create the stereotype that “you failed, now get a real job.”

            A lot of writers have committed suicide over never getting published, hell, Leaving Las Vegas, starring Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue (in my humble opinion Shue and Marisa Tomei are two women that still look great despite there age), was about a failed alcoholic writer who decided to go on a drinking binge and living with a prostitute. Writers, and even myself included, think the fame and profit will make the personal problems go away. It never does. That’s a lie told to the masses. It’s the oldest lie told to people who don’t write books.

            Novels, painting, comics, are not just products, they are products of the imagination, to bring us out of sadness and chaos, as to understand what humans need when all is gone. When it’s all taken away, then you have no history of Art and the beauty of how damaged and fucked up but beautiful human beings really are. And that’s worth remembering.   

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.  His next series, City of Sand, will be available sometime this year.

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Art and Culture # 23: The Art of the Message

11 Mar

-For the Uncensored!

Ah, the message. A message, by definition, has meant so many forms of expression over time. It went from the oral, cave, and when literacy entered into humanity’s sphere, writing and letters, were then used as a means of letting people know what they are thinking. Then when communication, and especially novels were definitely apart of the way the world communicated and how the Art of the Message took to many outlooks of expression into the modern era. Pigeons were still a very popular way of spreading messages, and if a pigeon came, it was either a sign of distress or love. As the Industrial Revolution took place, we had the birth of the telegram, which you could tap messages to express yourself, but it was used by businesses, and was limited to regular people being able to communicate or spread a message. You could consider the Turing Test as a means of communicating decrypted messages that helped the Allies in WW II achieve victory against the Axis coded communication. It seemed like a new breakthrough in communication and the messages a machine like Turing created enhanced our way of communication to what we had later on. In the modern era, there were fax machine, pagers, cell phones, smart phones, SMS, e-books, Social Media and text messaging. All are now our ways of reaching forms of communication and helping family and loved ones stay informed about family health, and happiness, but also allow businesses to communicate their message to the public. Computers and iPad also allow individuals to state their opinions and address important sales of art, or let people contact them in order to purchase an individual’s books, art, or anything they have to sell. 

            Now, why bring up the history of communication? Art has always relied on a form of communication. Communication is intermingled with Art, and how we read, write, draw, and understand the world we live in. Art and messages have never been that far away from our imagination. When we see the Pieta, sculpted by Michelangelo built during 1495-1499, to represent the pain of the Blessed mother holding Jesus after he was crucified. It’s a majestic sculpture if you are at the Vatican. It is one of the zenith Renaissance sculptures that depict a classical form of a message to the beauty and pain. But with pain is a message. I know that most people “don’t want a message” in things, but the lack of a message in art is never going away.

            It can be woven into the art, as the “ideology can meld with the aesthetics.” No art is without a message, and it can be communicated in any form where art is represented. 

            Although communication is represented with artistic forms, while anger, can also be a form of communication in art, too. If that wasn’t allowed, there would be no transgressive art forms to help channel our deep psychological nerve endings to calm down our primitive side of life. Now, saying that art leads to violence is not a thing. If people are inspired by the art to commit violence, who is really to blame? Is the artist a good communicator and is in touch with the primitive side, or the person who can’t ration what is separated between a book, film, or game? Sometimes artists can be too good at communicating pain and sometimes the participant thinks the art they are taking is talking to them. 

            This has happened, to me too, but I don’t start acting out the fantasy of violence in real life because the art itself does it anyway. If you wanted to ban a book, like Catcher in the Rye, it’s not that it pushes anyone toward violence, as many like Chapman, said before, quoting the book in his testimony. 

            As an aside, I would ban Catcher in the Rye because it was boring and overrated. I mean, the kid just runs away from school, says a few curse words, and then disappears. I’m kidding, but you get the gist. Also, I would never want to ban Catcher in the Rye because I want people to see how boring and overrated it is.

            But is the writer, filmmaker, or painter, is good at communicating violence, anger, rage, does that mean the art is to blame at how effective it is, or if it’s not, should it be left alone? Does subtlety make up a big portion of how we see violence and the world presented in any art form. So is the message of violence so important to remind people it’s bad. I don’t think we needed exposition phrases uttered on paintings from HR Giger to represent the horror and unknowable of aliens. Does a message written on a beautiful painting say less or more when the pictures don’t need words. Paintings can escape tedious messages, but it’s what you see in the painting to represent your own thoughts.

            In stories and fiction, exposition has sometimes added more to the conversation, and sometimes, mystic conversation can help bring an air of mystery to the text you are reading. Not everything has to be didactic, like the bible, but sometimes descriptions help portray the message of a landscape. Sometimes beauty doesn’t need many words to communicate what the world needs to know.

            But is being explicit help either? It all depends on what an individual sees in the art they are ingesting. No matter if it is violence, beauty, or tragedy, a message can hep guide us through personal turmoil and get rid of our frustration, and communication, through art forms, rely on audience participation too. But if art is taken away because that art is effective, then that’s another worse sign in society, too. What message does that create?

 -Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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Art and Culture 12: Dunes Lasting Artistic Legacy

20 Feb

What fascinates me, as a reader and writer of fiction, is how public opinion can change when it comes to writers works. Sometimes the books have a decade of irrelevance, but some find it fascinating re reading books once every year. Dune, by Frank Herbert, created in the early 60’s, but then continued by his son, Brian, is a fascinating tale of a culture of power and how power can betray the very best of people.

            While many would persuade me that the Brian Herbert Dune books aren’t as good, on some level, I can see where they are coming from, but it’s one of the better posthumously written work that I have had the pleasure of reading. It seems that Frank Herbert had the idea of the Butlerian Jihad for a long time but wanted to finish out what he could upon his impending death in the 1980’s. 

            The quote, quote from Dune: House Harkonnen, “Innovation and daring create heroes. Mindless adherence to outdated rules creates only politicians.” That’s from the Viscount Hundro Moritani.

            Every artist I think needs to remember this very idea, because I think past writing should have a place too, and invention needs to find its own path away from all the rules and restrictions of works written in the past. 

            I think if you are inspired by something in the past, you are inspired. Having a good strong knowledge of past writers, artists, can help give you a basis of understanding, and not rely on the rules of the old, as much as we would like. 

            We should have an appreciation of the past artists, but “mindless adherence to outdated rules creates only politicians” is a staple of how Dune, and much of the Atreides family, falls into the trap of becoming a dictator. 

            Maybe this is why I find the quote so fascinating. It’s probably more of a statement about creativity just as it is about politics. But Art should have “innovation and daring” because Art can help us make sense of the world. 

            It doesn’t always have to be a political statement either. Dune, while highly political, and polemical in nature, is thrilling and fun to read too. Mostly because the dialogue is as heavy as any literary prose you could find today. 

            I think what makes Dune enjoyable is that it’s a psychological probe into power without relying on real life to be part of the story. These characters are as real and dangerous as any dictator you could imagine. Plus, Erasmus is the most brilliant robot character to come across popular genre fiction to date. 

            Some would say, “But isn’t Brian using real life names to tell his story?” Yes, and while he does that, it doesn’t exactly bother me that much. Part of the Dune lore is carrying names that have been forgotten and then using them over again to reflect a new history, which is exactly what dictators do. 

            But this is also why “invention creates hero’s” strikes at the heart of creativity, and the Dune series. Creativity requires invention, and the deception of repeating the past doesn’t inspire originality. I sense that Herbert’s intentions were very deliberate as the three families, Atreides, Harknonnen, and Corino, are always obsessed with destiny and how they will be remembered. 

            What is problematic, with politics, is that if you reinvent yourself, someone, somewhere, will remember the dangerous games you play. It’s like how politicians always change there minds about certain topics as each generation finds new mores in the culture that they don’t like. Humans are fickle creatures, and in Dune, much of the staying power in its power is rejecting fear. 

            The Atreides family motto is “Fear is the mind killer” and it somehow leads each character making a choice that would make the character in Game of Thrones blush. If you wanted a time before Game of Thrones, Dune by Frank and Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Brian, again, took over when his father, Frank, passed away). 

            Dune, to me, relies more on creating a legacy through psychological profiles that outlive the original writer, and when I read the prequel series, it makes me realize that you can leave notes on what can be done after your death. But to sum it all up, DUNE represents an idea of power that can stay relevant as long as there are strong ideas. Personally, while others may not enjoy the prequels to Dune, I find there’s a lot to enjoy, because it intrigues me. And what others find intriguing varies too, but to me, the works of Frank Herbert and his son Brian, prove that sometimes, enjoyment is key to creating a lasting legacy, as well as delving into hard topics too. Creativity can create a lasting legacy, too. 

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parler https://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts . His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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Art and Culture # 11: Western, American, Latin American, and Asian Horror

18 Feb
Source: https://twitter.com/BretEastonEllis/status/986681055640825856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E986681055640825856%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpublish.twitter.com%2F%3Fquery%3Dhttps3A2F2Ftwitter.com2FBretEastonEllis2Fstatus2F986681055640825856widget%3DTweet

Horror, to me is not just about tropes, or certain patterns that happen in jump scares. Horror is about knowing that something is under your bed, and sometimes it may not be out to get you, just yet. Horror movies and books do not always belong in the horror section. Wuthering Heights, to me, is about emotional violence that comes about when two couples are separated. While this might not be a typical horror story, separation can be a horrifying prospect of lovers who are divided by social norms. 

            The definition of horror has many layers, but the one purpose of horror is to allow plot and character to build up tension throughout. The Grudge, re-released by Netflix, is an example of how character’s lives build up to one central moment of horror. Drug addiction, doomed romances, suicide, death of a lover, poverty, abusive relationships, are character motivation in horror stories. 

            There’s always an emphasis of ghosts, but never the meaning behind what makes the ghosts a vengeful being. Guillermo Del Toro’s horror films has always found enough reasons for the audience to sympathize with the ghostly figures in his stories. Ghosts, like in Crimson Peak (2015), a gothic romance, can alarm the main character, Edith Cushing, of a future danger, repeating “Beware of Crimson Peak.” 

            If the danger in horror stories are to warn main characters, not enough importance is placed on other ghosts who haunt a house. Problem is, American horror doesn’t go the extra mile to make the audience or reader involved in the characters. 

            Horror when done right can help make characters either face there demons or die in confusion by demons who influence there downfall. The Forest (2016), takes a subject like suicide, as a young girl’s twin sister looking for her missing sister, who is lost in the Suicide Forest of Japan. The Forest is not such a bad example of meeting both western and Japanese mores, probably a mixed bag for me, should have followed more Asian influences when it came to the final product. Or adapted into a series, so that the character background could have been fleshed out. 

            But horror sometimes is not knowing the entire story, either. American horror doesn’t always resign in subtlety, which I would argue that the original Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Candyman, The Fly (Remake Sequel), Hell Raiser (as an aside, a song lyric from the Wu-Tang Clan member, Inspectah Deck, in the opening of “Protect your neck” says “I smoke on the mic like smoking Joe Frazier, the Hell Raiser, raising hell with the flavor”) as the name Hell Raiser is carried through different forms of entertainment), are prime examples of horror mixed with western horror that has enough character and detail to bear repeat viewings, but the sequels do not compare or meet the standards of the original. The sequels of these films are a staple of what has survived in the West, while much of horror, hasn’t followed in subtlety that America has not followed in. 

Suurce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0IUR4gkPIE

“Turning of the Screw” by Henry James, published in Collier Weekly from Jan. 27th, to April 16th, 1898, defies the cultural norms of what a horror story can be, and I’m pretty smart, but that story went over my head. “Turning of the Screw” was not just about “jump scares” or “boo” moments as much of it is designed to subtlety detail the story without adding in more scenes to tell an effective story. 

            An honorable mention, Mandy (2018) directed by Panos Cosmatos (I have also reviewed the film, which is available to read too), does blend horror that’s a call back to the 80’s of Hell Raiser, but with subtle techniques, like slowing down speech, to make an amplified effect, and using film grain to help tell a story about revenge, and the love we hold to commit such acts of violence in the name of revenge, and the cost behind what vengeance will take upon the hero’s soul. Mandy is ultimately satisfying as a horror story without preaching about how violence is bad.

            What is deceptive is pretending that horror should only be about jump scares and not about character, because unlike literary novels that require plot points, characters can take actions that move the plot in so many directions. I know people want to talk about Stephen King being “so good” but the problem is, does popularity play a part in a writer’s legacy, or is it the ability to repeat the same tropes in order to be recognized in the public eye? 

            A writer, if and when they get famous, can quit writing, because they won a Nobel or a Pulitzer, but as Harlan Ellison said, “It’s about staying a writer.” And Horror if repeated multiple times, can lose its potency. 

            What the best horror for me, is learning to take chances and see your own vision in the large gap of culture that will rely on old tropes to be relevant. Thomas Ligotti is one writer that needs more exposure, as the days go on, and horror has been muted by Culture Warriors to reflect societal problems. And let’s be clear, horror films are a part of society, and everyday horror can be terrifying too, but how much can you sit through Jordan Peele iterations until you become a broken record?

            The Bible could have many instances of horror (will handle that topic at a later time).

            But to close it all up, Horror, both Asian and American, are intertwined and new horror writers, like Thomas Ligotti, are part of the conversation, too. As always, if you don’t see a horror book that you can’t read, or watch, make it yourself. Horror is out there, and new ideas can sprout through you. All of the mentioned movies and books were created because each writer or creator needed to see something that they didn’t see on there shelves.

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/. His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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Culture and Art # 8: Independence in The Information Age

6 Feb

When it comes to Art and Culture, there’s many different ways to hear about Art in the Information Age. Does it mean that every artist out there is good? There are things that help people know and see your work. If you are a major artist, there are commercials made with big tech and help sell your work. You could book readings at bookstores and then have a Q&A (As an aside, David Foster Wallace detested the Q&A of a reading so much that he asked not to have them, because he felt his answers weren’t good enough and he didn’t want to disappoint people, but answered much to his disliking). This is the touring aspect of a famous artists, and being adored in the media and never asked hard questions at all. 

            Academics usually got by on teaching while they wrote in there spare time, and they get to discuss the work of those who came before. The Boomers and Gen-Exer’s, if they failed, had devastating consequences to there psyche. If you failed in Hollywood or the publishing industry, your career was over. You were going to miss out on opportunities that might never happen again.

            But with the Information Age, this is not true anymore. This may piss off a lot of A list celebrities that they have to be paid top dollar to be famous, which isn’t the case anymore. I think being famous is a waste if you can’t be yourself, on the page and in real life. I see myself in writing, back in the day, too, and I sought to not compromise on my writing. But publishers and bosses always expect compromise, because you think they have the power to help you get read. Also, you could just talk for hours and not really have to answer questions at all, but a lot of people who have super chats, who ask questions, can be read too.  

            The Information Age, after its birth August 1st, 1991 to the public, is why the world can see so many people at the same time. I thought that it was about what people thought politically. It is that to a certain degree, but the Information Age allowed people like Dmitry Glukovsky, the creator of the Metro trilogy, to be read online, for free to download in Russia. It was a massive success story for Glukhovsky and when the books were optioned for video games, it spawned new life too. Three successful games, all critically acclaimed by fans and industry alike. (For any information on Metro and the games, and books, here is a link to the game website, where you can find out where to buy the books. https://www.metrothegame.com/books/)

            But this wouldn’t have happened if he was on a big publisher. I tend to suspect anyone who doesn’t have an Internet presence (unless it’s Thomas Pynchon or JD Salinger RIP) because it’s there right not to have one. If you want to isolate yourself, don’t go on the Internet. But for smaller independent artists, they can’t afford to not have a presence. 

            There’s talk of pandering to political sides, but I want to pander for Art. Sentences. Things that are important to me. If you paint, you should know how to combine colors. But for a social media presence, that I think escapes people, because it’s out in the open. Self publishing remains a viable option when most mainstream publishers don’t want to publish artists with eccentric views anymore, or they don’t fit the bill with standards the artists do not fit anymore.         

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r72d88srG0g

            For the youtuber and independent artist, be it a novelist, painter, dancer, etc., having a way to communicate and reach people is key. It’s not easy to be talented and have no one realize who you are. It’s probably worse being talented and undiscovered than being known but then used as a punching bag by your peers and the higher ups. 

            The Information Age opened up Social Media platforms for people to express themselves, but when Facebook is trolled in GTA 5 called “Life Invader” as it makes fun of Steve Jobs (the apple phone was mocked with the word ifruit) and Mark Zuckerberg, you know the shit has hit the fan. We should have seen this coming, but when independent creators can’t use the Internet to be able to promote there published work, paintings, courses, the Information Age is approaching an end, but it should be preserved at all cost. But let’s just say Gamestop, and its investors, “put the Darwinism back in Social Darwinism.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r72d88srG0g)

            If the Information Age, born out of the Intranet, when it became released to the public, who says it can’t go back to the government? It shouldn’t and I will spend every day making sure the government is fully aware of their tyranny, but is the Information Age dependent on creators or the other way around?

            To pose the chicken or the egg theory, it means that when we need the Internet, and they can shut us down, Censorship has gone far out of hand, and no one wanted to fix it when it could be fixed. It needs to be the Information Highway again; the place where we can all yell and debate and still get along. iF we are the trend setters, we have to fight to set the trends. 

             The Information Highway is part of Art and the Culture at large. The Internet has helped me and quite a few others become stars in their own right. The Information Highway is our road to keeping Art and Culture open on all channels. The competition is growing steadier than most can expect. Celebrities are not used to independent creators voicing their own opinion, but it’s easier to think that we all have an upper hand. If we give up, we never did. Maybe it’s time we put the Darwin back in Social Darwinism?

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, The Michael Project, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno. Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/. His first fantasy novel, Come Home, Young One, is available now on Lulu.com. Link is here:

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