“I can’t afford to hate anyone. I don’t have that kind of time.”
— Akira Kurosawa, Iriku  

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When it comes to art, especially art in a mass-market sense, it’s very much about consuming. As you know from being in Cannes so many years, people walk in and say, “OK, what is this? Got it, I’m out. Now I can go do what I need to do.”

I always find it more interesting asking what it’s not. That suddenly forces everything in a different direction. If you ask what something is not, you’re going to come up with a vault of other questions that follow that.

We live in a time where we define art as just good or bad. In your profession, it’s come down to a star meter. It’s like, “How was your Chinese food last night? It was good, it was bad.” It’s important to remember that what art can do is inspire thought. For that purpose, good or bad really has no relevance. Because it can be good for all the bad reasons, or it can be bad for all the good reasons. I think it’s important that we sometimes just ask what it’s not, because it forces us to stay with it longer.

spiegelman:

Radio is more important to Angelenos (because of cars), but songs tend to have a tiny shelf life before they disappear and show up on an oldies station 15 years later. Good songs never seem to fall out of fashion on New York radio. In New York, you can walk into a deli and hear Notorious B.I.G.’s…

Finally, i’ve been trying to articulate my thoughts on the oscars but couldn’t quite get it right, luckily Stu Maschwitz provides a dose of excellent logic on why people should at the very least stop complaining about it.

Read it.

“Yes, there is a conspiracy, indeed there are a great number of conspiracies, all tripping each other up… the main thing that I learned about conspiracy theories is that conspiracy theorists actually believe in the conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is chaotic. The truth is, that it is not the Jewish banking conspiracy, or the grey aliens, or the twelve-foot reptiloids from another dimension that are in control, the truth is far more frightening; no-one is in control, the world is rudderless.”

Alan Moore (via realvermin)

this is some wisdom. rudderless. that is frightening indeed.

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