This was originally published on CHUD. I’m reposting it here as a way to kick off an attempt to actually add some content to this blog and explore some things. I’ve been thinking about the topics that I discussed in this post a lot lately, especially as it relates to BROKEN BULBS, TYRANNY OF THE MUSE and my new book. So I want to repost it here and build upon its ideas moving forward.
I can’t separate creators from content.
I’m always conscious of the fact that someone made the media I consume. I’m unable to separate that fact and settle in and watch without any preconception about the creator’s intentions or motivations. When I admire a film, TV show, or book, I regard the creator, more so than the piece. I’m always aware of the human behind the scenes, obsessed even. I want to know about inspiration. I want to know about the personal and emotional place the creator was in when he created the work. I obsess over the details as I watch and when I enjoy, I admire the human being who felt inspired enough to create the wonderful piece of art that I just admired. Continue reading