I loved, loved, loved this movie. It’s a portrait of the artist Wayne White — whose credits among many include the original puppets for Pee Wee’s Playhouse and music videos for Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” and Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight.”
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…
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.