Tag Archives: Honesty

An Inhalation of Light Which Inhabits

When trying to do something new or hard, especially when people are watching and waiting for you to perform, it’s common to find yourself lacking in confidence and courage. I know I often do. That feeling of trepidation and nervousness … Continue reading

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Exploitation

If you suspend your belief in the romantic myth of being a noble, pure, vocation-driven, starving artist, for just a second, you rapidly realise you’re an artist that is starving. In other words, you’ve been reduced to the status of … Continue reading

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Are The Controllers of the Dominant Narrative Sane?

Elites spend vast fortunes controlling the dominant narrative. They do this because it’s what works and they have enough money to control it exclusively in their own interests. It’s effective. They make excellent returns on the money they invest in … Continue reading

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Abandoned Projects

I have a lot of different projects I’ve not finished, but I never throw them away. I know that even if I’ve lost enthusiasm for something, it will renew later. I’ve finished many things after allowing them to remain fallow … Continue reading

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Expressing the Inexpressible

About half the population of our planet cannot express their true thoughts and feelings, for fear of the consequences. That’s the best estimate I could find. It’s probably higher than that. Self-censorship is rife. They live under regimes that prohibit … Continue reading

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Is This the Life You Want?

There are people who spend their waking hours diligently making things awful. They’re “awfulisers”, in the words of cartoonist Michael Leunig. Their net contribution to human life is extremely negative and it undoubtedly would be better if we called these … Continue reading

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Making Art While Everything Burns

I have a schedule that is supposed to help me build positive work habits, so that I get my priority projects done. You know the theory: just make sure you put one foot in front of the other every day … Continue reading

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Old, Ignored Ideas

Writing something worth reading has become difficult, lately. Due to the chaotic state of global politics, we’re awash with shocking, sickening, outrageous, alarming, disgusting, unprecedented things to read all the time. There are more polemics, accusations and denials than you … Continue reading

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Infinite Options, Finite Self

Have you ever heard that phrase, “drowning, not waving”? It can feel that way when you’ve bitten off lots of projects, but you’re struggling to complete any of them. Suddenly, you can feel like you’re under water, barely coping with … Continue reading

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The Veneer of Civility

To be an artist is to risk more or less constant opprobrium from the more conservative-minded members of the population. We know this to be true. We’ve all experienced it, in response to some mildly radical artistic statement we may … Continue reading

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