Thursday, August 21, 2008

Art that we are glad people did

Today I was listening to the flight of the bumble bee on youtube. I felt glad someone took the time to record the sound of a bee into music.

I thought of other pieces of art and like The Thin Red Line, London's Yukon Stories, Things Fall Apart, Dairy of Anne Frank, Life and Fate, The Possessed, poems of Langston Hughes, Herotuses' Histories, Sartre's Being and Nothingness etc.

That sonmeone sat down and wrote it out, recorded for it history.

Because there are moments that weren't recorded, there is no Battle of the Bulge book, no Spanish Inquisition novel, etc.

I think it is important that writers, artists, etc focus on their world, and try to record it, try to describe the objects, scenery, labor, what people did with their luxery time, worldviews and the general emotion that the circumstances caused.

I think that is one thing I like about the bloggers involved in this new literary thing online, there is a lot of recording going on, a lot trying to understand the world around us, and how it makes us feel.

I'm glad that there are people using their writing skills to not write sci fi, horro, or period pieces or sitcoms.

See it works like this:

When you read books about histories of countries, they always say, "There was nothing by the peasants, serfs, and city bourgiosie. Only the religous and kings' people wrote poems and records."

So nothing really good is recorded.

Histories are full of who the king fucked, but not what the peasants felt like sitting in their stone house on a saturday night.

There is this little thing by Brandon Scott Gorrell, "i feel a little anxious when i process that it is 1:37pm and i will be awake until like midnight, it makes me feel bad to understand that i have an obligation to my body to eat, that i have to do it some time, that the situation where i have to prepare food or go to a restaurant is imposing itself on me, i really just want to lay here, or go outside and sit on the couch out there and listen to bone thugs n harmony, and smoke cigarettes and maybe read fall and rise by stephen dixon, i like bone thugs, they are really good at rapping"

It doesn't look like much: but in terms of history things like that I've never been recorded, those little moments where a human is just sitting dwelling on their eating habits. We have huge records of wars, what the kings did, what nobility did, how religion changed, the design of military instruments.

Oh, I don't know, I just think it is really cool that these little moments are being recorded.


ryan manning said...

the asian fran drescher

aliciapernell said...

this is very tender hearted

brian salchert said...

If you haven't yet, read Working
by Studs Terkel
and at least look through
John Dos Passos's U.S.A. trilogy:
The 42nd Parallel,
1919 and
The Big Money.

See Wikipedia on these American authors.

Ned said...

Noah I just read your Noo journal piece about the concentration camps. You weren't there. But you're able to take your knowledge of them and turn it into something that sure seems to me like it reflects what happened well enough to have resonance. If we can't have a novel about the Spanish Inquisition, at least we can have intelligent people imagining it.

And since "Robinson Crusoe," and definitely Dickens, I believe that we have had a commoner perspective. It's the Middle Ages that we lack anything from. And that's sad. Such an interesting time! All we have to try and resurrect it are fantasy novels.

Noah Cicero said...

ned i'm reading the eyes of the dragon right now. so i'm totally into other kinds of books.

i'm just glad random people write down little moments here and there.

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