Most people have an innate desire to be liked by other people. While the desire to be liked is normal, feeling that it’s necessary that everyone likes you and experiencing anxiety and stress when they don’t isn’t. The prevalence of social media in today’s society only exacerbates these struggles. People on social media literally compete … Continue reading Create the art you like, or create art that is likable?
We have a kaki tree growing on our patio, and for the last month the dropping fruits and leaves account for the lion share of my household shores. Every three days or so, I’m getting our little stepladder out of our bodega and trim the ripe ones within my reach, but since I’m not an … Continue reading The NeverEnding Story.
At the start of this post, I hesitated if I should include outsider artists like Henri Dagger, James Hampton or Charles Dellschau into my considerations. The works of these artists were only discovered after their deaths and gained considerable recognition. During their lifetime they’ve never sought to share their creations with the world, but considered … Continue reading The Death of an Artist and his Reputation .
Time is one of the most common commodities of any artistic work. Yet it is also one of the least comprehended ingredients. Albert Einstein, who thought a lot about the nature of time, despaired at his failure to explain the meaning of now. The moment now remains something ephemeral. In his Special Relativity Theory, he … Continue reading Time in Art.
For a very long time I’ve been considering myself an artist, solely based upon my ability to fabricate stories. Only lately it occurred to me to put my creativity at work outside the self-imposed confinement of literature. It started innocently: I wanted to design my own book covers by taking old movie posters as a … Continue reading Exploring Other Avenues.
This post deviates a little from my regular discourse and has been triggered by mounting military tensions between Turkey and Greece about some drilling rights in the Mediterranean. Now, there is a similar dispute between Spain and Morocco about some areas in the Atlantic Ocean surrounding the Canary Islands. Because Morocco isn’t part of the … Continue reading What the heck is going on?
Today was my turn to do the cooking. I choose to make an old time favorite of mine: chicken soup. It’s an easy recipe and while you’re doing the vegetable cutting, your mind has plenty of time to wander around . Although keep your eyes on the knife blade if you want to remain attached … Continue reading The Inductive Circuit Coupling between Chicken Soup and Literature.
Most creative minds are familiar with this duality. You have an inspired vision of a wonderful project, you start enthusiastically working on it. Time goes by, you get a block how to translate your idea into something concrete, you run into practical issues, you lose your stamina, and before you know it, your mind wanders … Continue reading The Creative Restlessness and Discipline.
Most people who follow this blog know about my inclination towards research procrastination. I've recently published an essay called "The All is an Egg" in which I tried to develop a blueprint that would unify all the fields of human knowledge and skills. The fundamental principle behind all this is relatively simple and is derived of … Continue reading Suddenly 200 pages became 500 pages.
For me it is self-evident that every author is interested in literary criticism. I rely by myself on critics to sieve through the tsunami of literature that nowadays is released upon us by Amazon. Most of them are doing a great job and last year in May I’ve dedicated already a post that dealt with … Continue reading Reviewers and Pretenders.
In this post I would like to explore the complex relations between literature and economics. I’m holding the conviction that those who’re mainly financially motivated or search to reach higher social status through a literary activity, are approaching this field with a wrong mindset. If you want to become rich or famous by writing … Continue reading Money and Literature.
Although I’m almost religious about posting once a week some post of about 500 words on my blog, lately I’ve been so busy that I willfully neglected this self-imposed deadline. What happened? Covid 19. Suddenly I had so much time to write I didn’t have no time to do anything more. Weird. As a novelist … Continue reading Research Procrastination, Time and Books.
The forces shaping our future are not inevitable in the sense that they are ‘preordained’ or irrefutable. Rather, they are inevitable because: They’re already happening, have been ‘happening’ for more than thirty years, and will keep happening;They are fundamentally driven by the underlying dynamics of technology itself, determined by mathematics and physics. While Kelly in … Continue reading What’s on US?
The Newtonian space and time collapsed in 1905 when Albert Einstein, at the age of twenty-six, published four groundbreaking papers: On the Photoelectric Effect; Brownian Motion; The Special Relativity, and The Equivalence of Mass and Energy. The new concept is that all objects are moving vibrations in the space-time continuum. The quantum physician Heisenberg introduced … Continue reading About Cryptomathematics.
The main purpose of this novel is to entertain the reader with a historical fantasy: a spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy and absolute power, set against the canvas of North America, Europe and Asia during World War 1 and the ensuing great depression.
When you google this sentence, you encounter all kinds of advice about avoiding suicide, how to become successful or more detached from the rat race. That’s not what I don’t know anymore. So what don’t I know anymore? Here I would like to scream; EVERYTHING! I used to write an essay of about 180 pages … Continue reading I don’t know it anymore.
Dragons are mythological creatures, both good and evil. Colossal beasts, they are symbols of immense power. Western symbolism emphasizes the negative side of their power and energy; the dragon-foe became synonymous with Satan and has come to symbolize evil. In western literature dragons symbolize intense passion and represent the battle knights must fight against … Continue reading Is the Great Green Dragon a powerful metaphysical creature or a secret cabal of people?
One of the most primitive innate needs of humans is to understand the world around us, and then share that understanding. Both science and art are human attempts to understand and describe the world around us. The subjects and methods have different traditions, and the intended audiences are different, but I think the motivations and … Continue reading Science = Art
On June 16, 1914, journalist Alec Bannon and his young wife Millie Bloom, a photographer, meet at the Museum of Natural Science of New York an Inuit called Piugaattoq (also known as Minik Wallace) who's father's bones are on display over there. Minik hires the services of a Chinese tong and a Voodoo priest to … Continue reading The Beginning (The Maharajagar Book: 1)
The second meta-theme that is interwoven in the tale of the Maharajagar is synchronicity. Synchronicity is a widely misunderstood phenomenon and a very often abused term to describe a one time lucky coincidence or event. Karl Jung defined synchronicity as following; "A meaningful coincidence of two or more events where something other than the probability of … Continue reading Synchronicity in my writing