Writing is a Fight

Writing is a fight. Each key tapped is a jab. Can you dodge the blows of the opponent? Do you have the guts to get into the ring? Do you have the wits? Writing is not the game of the idiot. It is not the game of the coward. It is not the game of the meek. It is not the game of the humble. Scribery takes brazenous. It takes a pound of boasts. Can you thrive? Can you jive? Are you ready to glove up?

Writing is not what you would like to do. It is not what you think you should do. It has to be what you must do. It has to be the impulse. It has to be the blood in your veins. The words have to pump out like heart palpations. The choice must be to write or die. Otherwise, the chances of doing literary exaltation are slim.

Writing has to be a compulsion. Writing has to be an obsession. You have to say to the world this is me – like it or not. I am going to pen my voice to the world – like it or not. I will say what I got to say. Try to stop me I will fight to the death. I am the fist that keeps punching. I am the leg that keeps kicking. I am the gun the keeps shooting. The keyboard is my weapon. The keyboard is my transmitter. I am my printed words. My printed words are me.

Try to kill my words you try to kill me. Attempts to kill me give me more of an urge to keep fighting. The censor can only cause the pound of polemics raged against him with to be applied with more force.

The pocket money earned means shit. The words on the page mean immortality. Some people just can’t take the jabs, thus don’t spend the cash on a piece of daring prose. The glory of the pen remains, unpublished or not. Quality is forever displayed. A mental medal is pinned at each reading.

One Final Next Week/ Post Delay

I have final next week. I will not be posting as much. I sent an article off to Elyssa to go over and post. This may be posted soon. If Elyssa sends off an article/articles for me to edit this week, I will edit and post it/them.

Law classes require a lot of study. My responsibility is to perform this study to the max. I am sorry for any disappointment. I will post the day after the final next week.

 

Thank you for continuing to read these posts.

New Poster/Editor/ Designer Introduction

I am going to have someone else post on the site, along with me. She will have a different perspective than me. I hope to encourage people on the site with different perspectives.

These perspectives may be opposed to one another. These perspectives may offend another person. However, we must allow each person to have his or her say concerning his or her personally held opinions and beliefs.

This is what the Constitution of the United States is about. I intend to honor this document by behaving, in accordance to this document.

These perspectives will be listed under the persons name and be placed into the person’s individualized section. Topical sections will also be established and be arranged, as such.

The new person on the site is Elyssa Campbell. She will, if she is able, help to modify the site design, provide articles, and aid in editing process.

Please welcome Elyssa.

Why its Called Noir

 

When the term noir is used to describe film, we think wise cracking and boozed soaked detectives, sporting a fedora and a trench coat.

Noir directors did not use the term noir to describe the film style. They referred to and thought of them as crime dramas. These directors often could not get large sums of money attached to the pictures, due to their morally ambiguous content and featured characters.

To make up for the lack of budget, they used unfiltered high-contrast lighting. This was cheaper than soft-boxed and carefully set lighting. The harsh light gave the films a mysterious edge.

The lighting gave the men harsher features. The effect caused the male characters to look strung out, tired of life – existing only for booze, babes, and the beat. The lighting gave the women a mysterious air. It gave them siren-seductive-power.

The lighting was used in Germany films before Hitler’s rise to power. Many noir directors were Jewish immigrants, who fled Germany, when the Nazis came to power. Many of these directors were important directors in 20s and 30s German film industry. Famous noir directors, Fritz Lange and William Wilder are included, amongst these directors.

The film movement prior to the Nazi rise came to be known as the Weimar Cinematic Movement. The movement was named after the Weimar government of Germany. Famous films produced in the movement, which employed the harsh black and white contrasted lighting; which became a famous noir aesthetic include: Nosferatu, M, and The Last Laugh.

These films used this light, not only to make up for a lack of budget, but also to emphasize the depressed, apathetic or fearful emotional state of the characters of the film and the brutal environment they inhabited.

Since they had made a habit of employing these characteristics to artistically emphasizes dark characteristics film they made in Germany; when they were sent a morally ambiguous crime drama adapted from pulp writers, such as Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, or Dashiell Hammet; they used this lighting technique to further emphasize and bring depth to the environment of the film and the films key characters.

In the 50s, French film critic and director Francois Truffaut coined the term noir, in an article, which he referred to the 40s and 50s American high-contrast morally ambiguous crime dramas. He used the term noir, French for black, to describe the attitude and overarching climate of the film.

Black is associated with night, death and foreboding. This is why Truffaut used this term to refer to moody and foreboding characteristics associated with the those films

Is The Novel Dying ?/ History of the English Novel’s Construction

INTRODUCTION

The novel is a hard form to pinpoint and define. The novel exists in a wide-range of structures. Today, many famous authors, such as Will Self and Philip Roth, consider the novel a dying art form. A dead art form means the form no longer is read or produced. Phillip Roth said ” People will still be reading them, but they will be cultic. Something like the level of people who read Latin poetry.”

To find out the answer to whether or not the novel is an endangered species of art, we should look back into the history of the form. We should look at the evolution English novel from its very beginnings up to the present day. We should look at structure, the key authors, and the cultural context, in which these novels were written.

This will give us the best context to answer whether or not the novel is a dying art form.

18TH CENTURY NOVEL

Defoe is considered to be the father of the English novel. The one who ushered the art into Britain. Before this time, the narratives in England were restricted to the epic poem and the play. He is most known for Robinson Crusoe. Most literary historians consider Robinson Crusoe the first English novel.

Robinson Crusoe takes the form of a fictionalized journal. The first and third sections of the book carry the most narrative power. The middle portion of the novel is dull. The portion consists of daily and weekly accounts of food and tasks.

The section is trying on patience. Today, the construction would be considered flawed.

Richardson arrived on the novel scene soon afterward. He wrote epistolary novels. An epistle is a letter. Epistolary novels use a series of letters to form a narrative. Letter series based novels contain loose structures. The novels, also, do not create an immersive world to which readers can transport themselves. The most well-known of Richardson’s novels is Clarissa.

Clarissa concerns the seduction of Clarissa Harlow by Richard Lovelace. The book displays Clarissa’s failure to heed her parent’s warnings about the deviant Lovelace. Clarissa, at the end of the novel, is a shamed woman. He wrote the novel to instruct young women how to behave and to illustrate consequences of going outside societal rules. Richardson and many other 18th century novelists were stern moralists. Their goal was to be a moral preacher to a reader.

Laurence Sterne was another novelist, during the 18th century, who served as a major player in the novels form. The Life and Opinion’s of Tristram Shandy Gentleman is the novel he is most known for. The novel uses commentary to narrate. The narrator is Tristram. He is the member of the Shandy family. The family of Shandy is the topic of the novel. The novel does not contain a story.

The novel’s narrative consists almost solely of commentary. The novel contains many instances of commentary piled atop commentary, to which more commentary is piled upon. It consists of the commentaries of each of the Shandy Family, primarily, his father and his uncle Toby.

Henry Fielding wrote novels, which bear closer to relation to the novels of today than his contemporaries. Fielding, instead of looking to his countrymen for technique and construction, drew from Cervantes Don Quixote and Rabelais Gargantuan and Pantagruel, while employing the aspects of the domestic setting of Richardson. His most famous Novel is The History of Tom Jones a Fondling

Heavy Commentary dominated the book, however, the novel contained a building narrative. It also contain a few letters spaced within its pages. Feilding took the roguish heroic character traits found in Gargantua and Pantagruel and Don Quixote applied them to Tom Jones, the protagonist, and set him on a series of loosely related adventures, while framing the entire novel around a familiar marriage plot. The length of the novel, as with many novels of the period is beefed, due to heavy intercession and commentary of the narrator.

 

(to be continued)

 

 

 

Need for Capsule Perforation Compartment Continuance

Retrieving  capsulized medication out of individualized compartments is annoying. Removal is maddening. You find yourself at a near dead end. There is no corner, from which to grab and peal. You then give up and grab another compartment. You try again. The pills I am discussing are cardboard packaged over-the-counter capsules.

Whenever I open an over-the-counter cardboard packaged hard-form medication, I encounter a sheet of capsules. These sheets are perforated. The perforations are separated by dosage.

The capsule dosage must then be peeled out of their separate perforated, individualized compartments. Sadly, the perforations stop at the plastic sheet.

The companies, who produce these medications, overlook the difficulty and annoyance of peeling and retrieving the capsule, once the dosage compartment has been separated.

I do not know if a company is currently putting perforations on the tinfoil and paper peel. If not, a company should start employing these perforations. If a few companies are, the rest should follow suit. It would be appreciated by their customers.

Sing it Out

 

We should live for originality.

We should live to maintain our sanity.

We should say what we have to say on the street.

We should not be discreet.

We should

We should

We should

Tap our feet,

On the beat.

Flip our finger toward the censor.

The old no no noer is dead.

He is void.

He is stamped out.

He ain’t got our jive down.

He does not belong in our town.

He don’t’ understand the sound.

He just ain’t down.

Man,

The guy is a total clown –

A clown without a laugh,

A clown without a tune.

A clown to be booed out the room.

The guy ain’t got class.

We don’t have to take his sass.

The guy is talking out his ass.

Can’t do this.

Cannot do that.

Man what kind of life is that.

I can’t lip my lingo

I can’t clap to my own tap.

I can’t.

I can’t.

I can’t.

Man

Man

That guy ain’t got class.

The guy could not tell a poster from Picasso.

Let’s speak it out.

Let us ring it out.

Hell,

All come on,

Come on.

All in common –

All together now.

Lets sing it out.

Tune up the guitar.

Tune the piano.

String up the violin.

Tighten the drums.

Lets sing it out.

Princess Chelsea

Princess Chelsea is an artist of the odd. Her videos are bare-bones. Yet, they work. I love her art. I am not saying it is talented. It is just fun. It is absurdist. It has a brilliance to it.

It is clever, unlike Keisha. She also has more visual appeal – at least in my eyes. I think she is gorgeous.

I love absurdism mixed with a little sass. Do not ask. I just do. It is all in the spirit if Lewis Carol.

Below, is a link to her video “Ice Reign”  Speaking of Carol, this would totally be the inner Molly Bloomish stream-of-consciousness/ musical interior monologue of the Queen of Hearts.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYGvFvvzlBI