Friday, May 31, 2013

Day 145 of the 365 Days of Blogging

The author, Dane F. Baylis



1. I am a believer in the never ending process of learning. In that cause I would like to put out an invitation to poets living in the Ventura, California area. Wednesday nights, for the next four weeks, at 7 PM in Ventura at the Vita Art Center, 432 North Ventura Avenue, there will be an ongoing poetry workshop. This is a great opportunity to sharpen your craft and gather with other writers in the pursuit of excellence.





Where Are You When We Need You, George Orwell?
I can get off on something of a tear when I start dealing with the non-confrontational aspect of today's arts communities - the constant denial that there is such a thing as "BAD" art and that it should be pointed out as such. Most of this is masked in the security of group-think. In this behavior, people will band together in enclaves which share a particular style, genre, subject, agenda (and don't we just have a love affair with that pity-pot mentality)! Whatever the cause celebre is, it is then promulgated quickly across the strata and becomes a bastion from which to hurl derision at anyone who might question the validity of any particular  position.
Not being a wallflower by anybody's definition, I am more than willing to storm the walls and set fire to the altar within. Then, like the Romans in Carthage, I would love to plough under the ruins and sow salt on that particular piece of ground so nothing ever takes seed again. In today's environment, this can seem like a Quixotic crusade, tilting at windmills and, occasionally, finding myself flat on my ass through sheer weight of numbers.
That's why I appreciate it when I find another voice in this fucking vast Siberia of the soul. This time it is in the person of Maria Konnikova, who posted a thoughtful, and incisive piece on The Big Think. To save you having to dig around for it, here's the link to the specific page: The Pervasive Threat Of Conformity. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.
In the meantime, the in between, love, write.
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