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Irony, Art and Writing

Irony, Art and Writing

At Salon, Matt Ashby and Brendan Carroll write about irony and cynicism, sincerity and honesty in art: “At one time, irony served to challenge the establishment; now it is the establishment. The art of irony has turned into ironic art. Irony for irony’s sake. A smart aleck making bomb noises in front of a city in ruins. But irony without a purpose enables cynicism. It stops at disavowal and…

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Sweet metal tyrannosauri by Andrew Chase. Click through to Love In The Time Of Chasmosaurs for more.

Sweet metal tyrannosauri by Andrew Chase. Click through to Love In The Time Of Chasmosaurs for more.

At the Gutter: The Measure of Success

Chris writes on the appeal of success:

[I]t isn’t not just the ‘good vs evil’ paradigm that keeps people reading Fantasy, it’s the heroic.  Not simply in terms of divine power or nobility of action, but in acheiving something against difficult odds.

In other words, success.

That set off a lightbulb.  As humans, we spend much more of our time seeking progress than attaining it.  Which is not a bad thing:  it means we’re not static.  We strive.  And success is what we strive for.  So right now I’m feeling my way around the idea that success is why the Romance genre remains so overwhelmingly powerful.  Why the Fantasy genre is still expanding.  Heck, it’s why sports are so popular.  Think about it.  Professional sports have a fixed time period, an immediate and potentially difficult objective, and a winner.  Success!

Image: Nike, from a bronze vessel found in Tarano, Italy and photographed by carolemadge1

Amazing zombie sculpture carved from pumpkin by Ray Villafane. Click through for more images.

Amazing zombie sculpture carved from pumpkin by Ray Villafane. Click through for more images.