Archive for May, 2008

Musea E-mail Club #428: Wenclas’s Points of Agreement for Writers

May 28, 2008

King Wenclas, the main instigator of the Underground Literary Alliance has established a blog covering the issues of writers at

http://kingwenclas.blogspot.com/

I think it’s the best blog on the issues facing writers. When you check it out, also see his other listed blogs as well.

The entry for May 21 summed up many of his ongoing points. I thought that it was a very important list and wanted to share it with my readers. I asked if I could reprint it here and he agreed.

Blog: Attacking the Demi-Puppets

Title of Post: Points of Agreement

Date: May 21. 2008

Subtitle: Here are ten points that possibly we all can agree on.

1.) The position of literature in American society has declined.

2.) There are no larger-than-life personalities in the writing game.

3.) The U.S. literary world is centered in, and largely controlled from, New York City.

4.) The literary system is hierarchical.

5.) The system is dominated by those from the upper levels of American society.

6.) The trend in book publishing, distribution, and sales is in the direction of monopoly.

7.) Writers without connections are excluded, except for those who go to the great expense of obtaining MFA degrees, whose main purpose is to create connections for the writer.

8.) Conformity and manners, in the writing and the writer, are valued over excitement.

9.) The style and premises of writers and their writing have scarcely changed in fifty years.

10.) Dissent to things-as-they-are isn’t tolerated. Well said! Long live the revolution in the arts!

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Musea Art Contest 5/27/08

May 27, 2008

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

During the first half of the 1900’s THE American Magazine was the Saturday Evening Post. Their covers were notable for featuring artwork by Norman Rockwell. He had his work on the cover over 300 times. But there was another illustrator that had over 300 covers too. Name that illustrator.

IS J.C Leyendecker. His New Years baby was published each year from 1906 to 1945. I had no correct eligible answer. Seems y’all had no knowledge to DRAW on, on this one. I don’t dumb down, so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT” or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my NOW RELEASED cd CALLED ‘FOUR-TH’ Hunkasaurus.com (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS NEW ADDRESS: tom-hendricks@att.net with the correct answer to this art question*

This artist, in 1953, carefully erased a Willem de Kooning drawing. Name the artist. Good luck puzzlers!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! MAY ‘07 – NOW on the Musea website – on our contents page, A NEW Year Of Quizzes – yes all of this past year’s contest questions (’06-’07) and their answers – check them out! Musea.us May ‘08 – NOW on the Musea blog – This and all the most recent contests at https://musea.wordpress.com SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING NEW!!! Tom Hendricks (editor of the 15 year old zine Musea) Musea.us ( Zine, named as one of the best in the US by UTNE magazine) Hunkasaurus.com ( Music -3 full cd’s of Post-Bands free Music and many new videos) Musea.wordpress.com (Blog for Musea) myspace.com/Musead (New Friends welcome – see over 45 glossy photos!) youtube.com Search Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar for 15 videos. 

Musea E-mail Club #427 Yes You Can Tell the Difference

May 21, 2008

Readers, you remember me talking about the KERA blog that I have recommended for all around arts discussion? Well since I wrote about the blog, there has been more debate on it, and I’m glad of it. And I invite your input, because I think my group of readers could bring some much needed slant to Dallas arts through this blog.

But surprising to me is that I’ve had two people in separate posts, suggest that art is completely subjective and no one can tell great art from bad art! It’s all just that person’s opinion. This boggles my mind. How can one confuse finger painting of a first grader with brushwork from Rembrandt, or pounding on a piano with the skills of Mozart? And say which you think is great art is just a subjective opinion. And say that decades of hard work and innovation from masters of art count for nothing. It upsets all the laws of nature.

Everyone understands that there are good doctors and bad doctors, great ball players and lousy ones, but somehow the same reasonable analysis can’t be applied to a painter or musician? Are the arts some type of magic that mystifies and hypnotizes each person in a different way?

These people are serious. I can only surmise that somehow corporate art has promoted the idea – all art is subjective so don’t listen to critics – to sell there bad art. If they can put out films that can’t be judged objectively (they prefer they be judged on sales instead of quality), then they can put out bad films and get away with it. They can counteract critics by saying that bad review is just a subjective opinion that doesn’t matter.

Then too go to an art auction house and see if all art costs the same. If all art is subjective how is it that great art commands such high prices and poor art doesn’t?

Part of the problem is confusing one person’s personal taste with his analysis of a work. I don’t like all classics. I would even say MOST are not favorites. But that has nothing to do with my respect for these classics as great art. These are clearly two different things. And any good art critic or art historian or art lover, makes the difference clear when he talks of art. Some art I like. Some art I respect. Some of the art I like is great art, some is not. All the art I respect is great art. The difference is clear.

The collective intelligence of people does count. It’s called art history. It is full of reasons why great art is good. These are not vague subjective opinions. They are based on specific concrete analysis. Even that special and illusive je ne sais quoi – that something in great art that can’t be quite described – can still be a part of the analysis of great art. Great art clearly has it, poor art does not. And just about every person sees that.

No there is no reason for this ridiculous opinion that all art is subjective. It just is not. And those that have this opinion need to wake up.

Musea Art Contest 5/19/08

May 19, 2008

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of: This website consumed as much bandwidth last year as the entire internet did in 2000. Name the site. IS YOUTUBE (Check any of my 21 videos there – Search tomhendricks/musea) I had no correct eligible answer. Seems y’all’s brain didn’t upload.! I don’t dumb down, so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT” or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my NOW RELEASED cd CALLED ‘FOUR-TH’ Hunkasaurus.com (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS NEW ADDRESS: tom-hendricks@att.net with the correct answer to this art question*

During the first half of the 1900’s THE American Magazine was the Saturday Evening Post. Their covers were notable for featuring artwork by Norman Rockwell. He had his work on the cover over 300 times. But there was another illustrator that had over 300 covers too. Name that illustrator. Good luck puzzlers!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! MAY ‘07 – NOW on the Musea website – on our contents page, A NEW Year Of Quizzes – yes all of this past year’s contest questions (’06-’07) and their answers – check them out! Musea.us May ‘08 – NOW on the Musea blog – This and all the most recent contests at https://musea.wordpress.com SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING NEW!!! Tom Hendricks (editor of the 15 year old zine Musea) Musea.us ( Zine, named as one of the best in the US by UTNE magazine) Hunkasaurus.com ( Music -3 full cd’s of Post-Bands free Music and many new videos) Musea.wordpress.com (Blog for Musea) myspace.com/Musead (New Friends welcome – see over 45 glossy photos!) youtube.com Search Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar for 15 videos. 

Musea Email Club #426 Computer Expert Needed

May 14, 2008

Readers, Zinewiki.com has been hacked and down for some weeks now. It needs your help to come back online. Nobody knows who did it or why, but the zine online encyclopedia is down. IF you are someone who has expertise in this area please contact me or alan@zinewiki.com

 

IN HOUSE NEWS I have more videos on youtube – go to youtube.com and search TomHendricks/Musea for all 20. or see most of them on the myspace.com/musead or the place for all my music, hunkasaurus.com Videos 13 Cat’s Meow – How to Tie the Tommy Knot film with a rockabilly original with a fun base line. 14 Hippie Girl – instrumental slide show with new photos 15 Zine World – salute to the zine review zine with my song dedicated to Zine World 16 Dancing Cross The Moon – more rockabilly with space art that includes my painting starry night. 17 Candle – poem with Candle artwork. 18 Tommy’s Got A Song – featuring my 1964 Silvertone and closing song from CD, “30” 19 Jimi’s Tune – Salute to Jimi Hendrix. With closer instrumental from the CD, “Four-th” 20 AACA Logo (Waiting) – Song, “Waiting” with info on AACA logo, Artists Against Corporate Art.

 

PS I’m slipping in the charts! Help me make it to the top 100 of 2600 protest songs. Go to hunkasuaurus.com and click on header, then click on song #131 – thanks.


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