Book Review: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

Without a doubt Chuck Palahniuk is the literary equivalent of a method actor. He meticulously researches his books.

But this novel is different. This one’s about the artistic process, one I think this author is both familiar with and also terribly good at explaining it.

Diary is the story of Misty Wilmot, a waitress. Yeah, she was once a promising painter, but now she’s just there, not dead yet, but not quite alive either. But when her husband tries to kill himself (and fails), she finds out that she hasn’t yet lost her talent. That’s basically the premise of this story. More or less. Yeah, there’s a plot twist towards the end, ’cause that’s Chuck’s specialty. And yeah, we’ve got strange characters doing strange things in a strange world. Continue reading Book Review: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

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What’s a Muse?

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In Greek Mythology there were nine goddesses who were considered to be the source of inspiration for arts, science, and stuff like that.

Nowadays the term kind of describes a person who inspires an artist. Kind of.

We artists find inspiration in the most unlikely of places (or situations.) It’s not just other works of art that inspire us to create art, but also places, events, people.

But I’ve always considered a muse to be more than all that.

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Ten Psychological Conditions Named After Literary Characters

It is said art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. Some books achieve that with ease, their characters haunting our thoughts long after we’ve finished reading a book. Apparently, those characters are so endearing that psychologists have decided to name actual psychological disorders after them. They could have named them after themselves, as they tend to do in other fields.

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TMM: Memory and Imagination

Apparently, there’s a clear link between memory and imagination. The better memory you have, the more imaginative you are as a person.

All art is born out of chaos. It is a person’s way to create order out of said chaos. It is a million different thoughts and ideas and feelings and memories stringed together to form something that wasn’t there before.

The muse is born out of this chaos… out of a plethora of experiences. Too much knowledge for one person to handle. Your hard drive must be full.

That is what must happen in order for you to create.

All art is born out of chaos. The never ending battle between what we know and what he have yet to know, about what we feel and what we would like not to feel, about what we have and what we wish we had, about who we are and who we desire to be.

The Five Most Expensive Photographs Ever

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” 
― Ansel Adams

Ever wondered how expensive a photograph can be? Well, now it’s your chance to find out. Continue reading The Five Most Expensive Photographs Ever

Showcase: Pablo Picasso as a Child

Pablo Picasso requires no introduction. Arguably the most famous painter in existence, his level of genius comparable to those of Salvador Dali or Jackson Pollock, the Spaniard created some fifty thousand artworks during his life.

“It took me four years to paint like Rafael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

Not bad for an eight year old, right? Continue reading Showcase: Pablo Picasso as a Child