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Loaded Quotes: Post Modernist Indecisiveness in The Bell Jar

by fyarlgiles

 

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Europe and Africa […]

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I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.

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– Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar 

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At 24, I related to Sylvia so much that  it frightened me. ( If you’re not familiar,  her story doesn’t end well). I felt her words in my bones. The fear of death without growth, the heaviness of responsibility, the inclinations to find life both meaningless and meaningful… I saw myself becoming her: A lonely, deflated, narcissist sipping on an agonizing cocktail of self-loathing  and superiority. I think maybe that is what drove me to start making decisions in my own life.

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What I understand now is that the right decisions are only right because you’ve made them. Whether you decide to be a missionary in Africa, or a pinterest-obsessed house-wife, you will be OK. The problems arise when your mortality weighs on you so heavily, that you neglect to make any decision at all.  Maybe if I don’t choose, life will stop moving and I can just stop dying. But it won’t, because no one get’s out of this world alive, and if you don’t make your own decisions, Time will make them for you.

  Don’t get me wrong. I can’t order at a McDonald’s without calling 12 friends for advice first, but I am much more capable of dealing with the big stuff in my life now that I realize I will die, and I have to make my peace with not having enough time to do ALL THE THINGS!  Decisions-real decisions– require sacrifice and commitment. So, there is no moving forward without accepting the death of those lives that  will never belong to you. 

Here’s to breaking out of Limbo

– Angie

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You are in the Past

by fyarlgiles

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there was a night last December

when your cherubic fingers

broke off

and slid into my ear

because they couldn’t bare to feel for you

anymore.

Your parts,

like me,

 know that you are more

than they are–

grander

and meaner

cleverer

and more masterful

but you

can touch no one

without them

” Your Parts” by Angie Hoover-Hillhouse

Artwork by Jesse Trees

http://society6.com/collageartbyjesse/feel-pqm_Print

Interim

by fyarlgiles

THE END! 

Today concludes our second series, Basic Instinct!

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Stay tuned for some pretty cool stuff, including several of

Louis C.K.’s Early Short films!

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Coming Up:

They’re All Going to Laugh at You 7/15-7/25

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Named for the famous line in Brian DePalma’s rendition of Carrie, this theme will take a look at anxiety, vouyerism, and fear of judgement as well as unconventional pieces (poetry, short dramedies, prose)  by our favorite stand-up comedians.

I want to mention that we have a lot of cool stuff for this collection including several of

Louis C.K.’s early short films!

We can’t wait to share!

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Way of the Future: Obsession

Pieces that look at ambition, fixation, neuroses, and superstition

Artwork by Steven Quinn:

http://society6.com/terra3/Taking-notes_Print

& Sammy Slabbinck

http://society6.com/Imass/Burden-of-Beauty_Print

Website Name Poll

by fyarlgiles

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Hello Everyone!  We’d love your help with our new name!

Which Website name do you like the best? 

Meaghan and I are renaming our website. We are focusing on mashing together different pieces of art (e.g. poetry with collage, music & paintings), but we need help figuring out a memorable domain that is not currently registered. Let us know what you think!

artwork by Kieran Sperring:

http://society6.com/captain_spezzo/Help-Xf5_Print

The Nerd Guru: Zombies & Primal Instincts Blurb

by fyarlgiles

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Zombie Fiction is escapism that allows someone to become something more primal. Ironically though, I am not speaking of the zombies. It creates an environment of peril where murder is not only condoned, it is necessary. You are allowed to release your primal nature upon your fellow species without fear of moral or ethical judgement. Essentially, you are allowing the casual bystander to be a killing machine. No longer are they restrained by their sedentary lifestyles, now they are free to become survivors because, deep down, everyone thinks they can be badass if given the opportunity.


– Mitch

The King’s Dinner

by fyarlgiles

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That foolish heart

that quakes and quivers

 fears and fancies

futilely

for  fate affirms

that it must fall

to fix

a feast

 of florid fare

Angie

Artwork by Kris Tate:

http://society6.com/Tate

The Nerd Guru: Are Video Games Art?

by fyarlgiles

There is a debate I loathe, but which I feel I must address as it feels the need to keep rearing its scaly head from the public consciousness; “Are Video Games Art?”

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Those who pose this question are missing the forest for the trees, judging videogames for their exploitative elements instead of acknowledging the design and collaboration that goes into the medium. People look at game content and see violence, running jumping, reacting quickly. They see something that is titillating, pornographic and entirely reactionary. But video games of today offer a level of creative agency that cannot be found in games of the past/ other mediums of art. This agency is what turns entertainment into self-expression. The ability to experience, discover, and create your own narrative in a medium that would typically be inaccessible (film/animation) .

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Unlike a painting, a novel, or a sculpture, a video game employs  teams of hundreds, working together, to create worlds that are then handed to their fans to be shaped and developed. The curtains raise, the scenes play out, and art is achieved. There are entire labyrinths of imagination laid out for each and every one of us to explore. Great, collaborative artwork the likes of which had never been dreamed before the modern age.

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I have slaughtered innocents, rescued princesses, saved the universe, lost a daughter, loved and lost… all through this medium. I did things that I never could have attempted in our own world! Because of that, I have felt, seen, and expressed things that I never would have; and isn’t that what art is all about?

by Mitch Schiwal & Angie Hoover-Hillhouse

New Goodies

by fyarlgiles

 

Starting today, our site will incorporate

several new and exciting weekly features including

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OUR L.A. EVENT PICKS

Every Monday at 2pm, we will provide information about what our top 3 art & film related events in Los angeles for the upcoming week.

TOP 5 TUESDAYS

Tuesdays at 9, we will be offering fun, theme-related top 5 picks from The Show Tell Project Editors.

GIRLS ON FILM

Fridays at 11, we will be offering theme-related articles about gender issues in film & television

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THE NERD GURU 

 Insightful commentary on theme-related issues from Mitch Schiwal: Dungeon-Master, comic book expert, and Guru of all things awesome.

Upcoming Themes

by fyarlgiles

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR  JUNE 23-JULY14


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The Golden Age of Zombie Apocalypses 6/28-6/30:

an entire weekend of zombie-related content including, poems, artwork, critical articles and more!

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Basic Instinct 7/1-7/14:

a look at primal urges, intuition, repression, and survival.

What draws us to Odd Proportions

by fyarlgiles

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Drawings by Argentinian Illustrator, Catriel Martinez

 In life, the external form does not  indicate the internal form. Appearances are almost always deceptive. But in art, appearance is all that exists. The internal and the external are one in the same. These characters are deformed by most standards, but they still have an uplifting quality. Their quirky little faces with lopsided eyeballs and large swirly noses are sweet, genuine reflections of what people really are: a complex marriage of  flaws and strengths that reflects a familiar sort of beauty.

-Angie

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The pink paper above contains my own doodles, many based on designs of his, others exact imitations. 

More of Catriel Martinez’s work Here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/catnez/page1/