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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.
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