Why was I yammering about “escapism” yesterday when there’s more Cerebus to discuss?
Steven Wintle, at Flat Earth responds to my musing on the subject of Cerebus & music! I think Steven brings up some really good points, for example (in reference to the creative artist’s “openness to Otherness”):
It is the music listener who is plugging those channels. I’m not arguing that listening to music cannot be enlightening, but how is listening to music to the exclusion of your own immediate environment any more worthy? When I draw in “silence” I can hear the cats purr, the wind blow, the ghostly conversations whispering through the hallways, all more creatively stimulating, less blatantly intrusive and more pleasantly random than a hi-fi with an automatic CD changer.
Makes a lot of sense, no? Also, on a purely technical level, I can see that musical rhythm might disrupt an artist at the board… I have no experience in that area, and it stands to reason that an artform that actually requires manual dexterity would make different demands upon its adepts than would a purely abstract form like writing. We’ve had some discussion along these lines in the CJ thread I started the other day…
However, on the larger issue of whether Sim became a prisoner of his own vision–well, I think we’re all pretty much in agreement (and I’m not so sure that it’s a bad thing either–I mean, I think the same thing happened to Melville, while he was writing Pierre, and that’s one of the most incredible novels I’ve ever read!)… I was just rooting around for ways to discuss it, and I was struck by the fact that Sim seemed to be using the vision/hearing metaphor in exactly the same way that I tend to–in support of a project that is diametrically opposed in spirit to my Frank O’Hara-style “aesthetic of interruption”. In my opinion, “coherent narratives” are always founded upon neurosis–but I’ve come to see that, for this very reason, the great attempts to achieve “integrity through storytelling” are all the more worthy of our attention, if we have any interest at all in human frailty! (unfortunately for me, this realization comes about 13 years too late, and now I’m gonna have to track down all of those issues I missed!)
I think we should all encourage Steven to post some of the stuff he alludes to on the subject of comics as a “mute” medium…as a person who writes more about voices and sounds than anything else, I can tell you, I’m very interested! (also, I just love “meta” issues like this!) Okay, I’d better go–but I haven’t forgotten my promise to deliver the goods on Mars, Steven! I’m just waiting for the right moment!
Oh, yes–I’m just curious everyone:1. how many of you are still reading Cerebus? (or, on the other hand, never read it in the first place) 2.If you gave it up, when did you stop, and why? 3.And are any of you as eager to read the whole thing as I am, now that it’s done? It would be great if people could answer these questions–you could do it point-form!
Good night friends!