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[livejournal.com profile] grashupfer posted a meme, a real meme, and I'm going along with it because it's a good excuse to write something and a reminder that there is a community here, one so confident in itself it can disappear for months or years and not really mind.

[livejournal.com profile] grashupfer offered all comers three individualized questions. So I am answering the ones he gave me, and offering three more questions to anyone who wants 'em. If you want questions, comment!

[livejournal.com profile] grashupfer's Questions:

1. Do you agree with the folks who say this is the golden age of television? Should probably ask first if you watch television?

I watch television. I mean, I watch television on the internet. Too much of it. With my sleep patterns it's usually the only thing that can keep me occupied at night. ("Why don't you just lie in the dark and close your eyes and try to sleep?" she says. "But, the despair!" I answer. "The despaaaaair!") But "Golden Age" implies that this boon in TV writing has to end sometime, and I'm not sure I agree. Sure, we're all waiting for the other shoe to drop, but I'm not sure it must drop. Television is a very new medium. Movies too, if you look at them. Movies are becoming more like television: Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, Pixar. And television writers seem to just now be discovering, en masse, the things one can do with a the format, and these are not a discoveries that can be un-discovered. Sure it's going to get co-opted eventually, already is, but it does seem to only be getting better. Sure, The Wire is still the bar by which everything else is judged, but I'm confident that won't always be true.

Of course, we are living in a golden age, a golden age of information, which has a lot to do with how good television is. And this golden age certainly can't last.


2. Do you have any tattoos? If yes what's the story? If not would you ever?

I don't have any tattoos. Maybe in the distant past I flirted with the idea but came to the conclusion that in fifty years when we're all old and wrinkly seeing all these blotchy, stretchy tattoos on everyone is going to be way too hilarious. So I'll abstain. Maybe I'll change my mind in the future. Who knows.

I do love tattoos on other people. When done right, of course. I am guilty at staring intently at someone whose body is a work of art. Other people don't quite get it, have not enough ink to commit to it or too much ink to overcompensate. But a well-proportioned adornment of skin can be a thing of beauty.


3. If I asked you to say the first things that come to mind with the phrase "failed artist" what are they?
Well, failure is one of my favorite things, so I'm of the mind that every artist is a failed artist. Of course there are those that give up before they can fail best, those are more like former artists. And there are those who didn't fail enough, or didn't fail up to their potential for failure. So what I mean is all artists are failures; some artists fail so great we call them successes; not successes so much as black holes that grew so big they started to shine. What turns me off about meeting writers is how desperately they want to succeed. Sure, we all want to succeed. But that's not the point. More of an arbitrary byproduct sometimes gained from setting oneself on fire.

Date: 2014-06-04 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grashupfer.livejournal.com
I like these answers. Thanks. And if you're giving out questions I'll take 3.

Date: 2014-06-04 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andalus.livejournal.com
You seem to travel a lot. Do you think that place has a great deal to do with experience, or are you more of the "no matter where you go, there you are" philosophy?

What do you love? Broad question, sure, but what are those qualities you love no matter their manifestation, what is it about a thing or a person that sets your insides a-flutter, and why, and where does it come from?

What do you think about violence? On a personal level, not wars or whatever.

Date: 2014-06-04 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] proximoception.livejournal.com
Tv's such a dirty medium compared to the others, though, and not just because it's inevitably more corporate. Only thing it has over the others is potential addictiveness, and that's usually not a good thing though perhaps it can be made to be.

I like the resurgence of the miniseries, which can be clean enough for non-relative masterpieces (Fanny and Alexander, Angels in America).

Date: 2014-06-04 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andalus.livejournal.com
Do you think it's a good thing or a bad thing that movies are becoming more like tv?

Date: 2014-06-05 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andalus.livejournal.com
I dunno. I mean, the movies are pretty bad, but the proliferation of serieses and planned sequels is doing something to erode that feeling of Importance that movies have had since the 50s. For a movie to be a movie, among other things, it has to be life-or-death, the most world-shatteringly important events squashed into two hours, which is pretty impossible when the planned sequels have to be more more world-shattering. So currently we have a bunch of movies that act important but are pretty cheap. And maybe this might open the door to a type of movie that isn't quite so self-important., that is more like a miniseries, or an old-fashioned serial.

I think what television can do is show relationships over long periods of time. In a different way than a long novel would, since the relationships are never really the focus of the tv show. The relationships are along for the ride. But they're always what's most interesting.

I just started watching Hannibal, am halfway through the first season. I was wondering how they were going to sustain any dramatic arc when we already know what Hannibal is. But now it's become about the relationship between him and Graham, which is interesting in a way I hadn't expected.

You want three questions?

Date: 2014-06-06 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] proximoception.livejournal.com
Only if you don't use them to ask for more questions.

Long term tv relationships usually feel out of control to me. Like if you could only stay warm by setting fire to your house. And after the fire's out the show tends to be. Not sure how Hannibal keeps the shifts in that one controlled - maybe something about how slowly dialogue is spoken, and that bizarre poker-faced therapists therapizing therapists groove they fall into whenever two people are alone with each other.

Date: 2014-06-04 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toctoc.livejournal.com
Definitely agree about tattoos.

Date: 2014-06-04 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andalus.livejournal.com
If blue were not blue what would it be.

If you were in a plane of non-existence, a deity of no consequence, what would you populate it with.

Somewhere in a dream there is a desert where sand is sound and the sun is a burning uncomprehending eye. What is its name?

Date: 2014-06-04 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightspore.livejournal.com
These are great. I still owe [livejournal.com profile] grashupfer But will take more questions....

Date: 2014-06-05 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andalus.livejournal.com
What did you want to do before you wanted to be doing what you're doing? What could you have been if not an academic?

What's one of your favorite complex life lesson you've discovered in your study of literature?

Describe the most perfect morning.

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