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Daily Obstruction: Spoken Word

30 Jan

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Spoken Word

Did you ever overhear someone telling a story and strive to hear more?  There are, as a matter of course, storytellers, just as there are people who can carry a tune.  But the difference between that and a virtuoso is. . . .  What’s that?  You wish to hear more?

Daily Obstruction: The New Gladiators

14 Jan

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“A long, lovely suicide”*

 

In the age of mass media, we don’t need gladiators.  We exact of our artists, actors, and athletes a sacrifice of blood and flesh.  They give their lives for our sins.  The commonweal is fed and more sacrificial victims are placed under the wheel.**

*- From Oscar Wilde’s quote, “The artistic life is a long, lovely suicide.”

**- See Hermann Hesse’s Under the Wheel.

Contracting & Expanding

20 Nov

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Contracting & Expanding

  1. Freedom – Very young children like the playground of pure imagination – being a pirate on a make-believe ship, imitating a lion, walking on the moonscape of the mind’s eye.
  2. Law – Eventually they outgrow the mindscape of make-believe and prefer the playground of rules and roles – the grid of the football field, the confines of the basketball court, the complex strategies of board-games. The unstructured playground is “kid-stuff” to them now.  Fun is found within the rigid, bound, limits of the game. The imaginative mind has narrowed.
  3. Liberty – At a certain point, the free play of imagination opens up to some. Second childhood.  They have discovered the “liberty” of creativity.  Liberty is freedom created by law: fiction emerging out of the innumerable rules of grammar, spelling, convention, etc.; improvisation arising from the rules of harmony, rhythm, dissonance, etc.; dancing galvanized by the bounds of physics.

That’s Entertainment: A Daily Obstruction

13 Nov

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That’s Entertainment

Sometimes, when life doesn’t present enough obstacles for us, to keep things interesting we turn to fabrications of obstructions.