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Posts tagged "humor"
Mar 06, 2013
The first mistake of Art is to assume that it’s serious
Nov 05, 2012
Nov 01, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
John Cleese - “A Lecture on Creativity”
John Cleese lectures on the topic of creativity.
Per Back to Work #62: Cultural Molasses.
Seriously: this wonderful video has had a huge impact on how I think about creativity. For years.
Unfortunately, the copy I’ve had and repeatedly enjoyed “fell off the back of a truck,” so I had no way to share it.
Now, (via danforth), I can finally share and highly recommend it.
And, I really, really do encourage you to watch. Really. All the way through. It’s just terrific.
OMG this lecture. Everybody go home.
Creativity is not a talent, it is a way of operating.
I’d only seen this one, which I quoted in STEAL: “We don’t know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we don’t get them from our laptops.”
UPDATE: they took this down from Vimeo, but it’s over here for now.
Mar 23, 2012
Raymond Federman, “The Museum of Imaginary Asses”
When one thinks of the millions and millions of people who have dreamed before Leonardo’s MONA LISA, one can imagine their sweet smiles had he painted her ASS instead of her face. The ASS has captivated artists throughout the ages, and in their attempts to capture the delights of this ever changing shape they have given us an amazing collection of ASSES, for instance…
Federman was as funny as he was serious. Take two minutes to listen to “The Museum of Imaginary Asses”. A must for those who love art, wordplay, and perhaps, even, asses.
Nov 29, 2011
Triptych from Arthur Koestler’s The Act Of Creation
I tracked down this humor vs. science vs. art diagram from Koestler’s book after George Carlin mentioned it in his last interview. Here’s how Koestler explains it:
The three panels of the rounded triptych…indicate three domains of creativity which shade into each other without sharp boundaries: Humour, Discovery, and Art…
Each horizontal line across the triptych stands for a pattern of creative activity which is represented on all three panels; for instance: comic comparison—objective analogy—poetic image. The first is intended to make us laugh; the second to make us understand; the third to make us marvel.
…I shall try to show that all patterns of creative activity are trivalent: they can enter the service of humor, discovery, or art…The panels on the diagram meet in curves to indicate that there are no clear dividing lines between them.
And here’s Carlin:
The jester makes jokes, he’s funny, he makes fun, he ridicules. But if his ridicules are based on sound ideas and thinking, then he can proceed to the second panel, which is the thinker—he called it the philosopher. The jester becomes the philosopher, and if he does these things with dazzling language that we marvel at, then he becomes a poet too. Then the jester can be a thinking jester who thinks poetically.
You can read more about Carlin and the book on on page 65 of James Sullivan’s 7 Dirty Words: The Life And Crimes Of George Carlin.
May 16, 2011
Jul 28, 2010
Louis CK: “Everything is amazing, and nobody is happy”
What I needed to hear after a day on airplanes yesterday:
Everybody on every plane should just constantly be going, “OH MY GOD! WOW!” You’re flying! You’re sitting in a chair in the sky.
“If you’re going to tell the truth, be funny, or they will kill you.” — Billy Wilder
Frank also posted recently about the similarities between jokes and philosophy.
When I was growing up, my philosophers were comedians: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Hicks…
Jul 27, 2010
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