Notes on Birdman

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  • Central problem: modern artists have to fight against the public, media and critics for their authenticity.
  • In 8 ½ Fellini needed an idea for a movie, he fought a much greater fight with himself about the meaning of life than just Birdman’s temptation to go down the easy lane to obtain money and fame. Reporter asking about Barthes is clearly Fellini’s critic he imagined hanging, yet today he gets only few seconds of screen time, he isn’t representing a point of view, not in our times.

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M. Proust – Swann’s Way

…she concluded with the wisdom invariably shewn by people who, not being in love themselves, feel that a clever man ought to be unhappy only about such persons as are worth his while; which is rather like being astonished that anyone should condescend to die of cholera at the bidding of so insignificant a creature as the common bacillus.

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Notes on Nietzsche 20/01/2015

  1. If you find yourself disgusted by Nietzsche writing on ‘masters and slaves’ consider this.
  2. The problem is about the mentality, about the inside, it’s about how your inner self work and it’s not about degrading others.
  3. We live in a thunderstorm of information and influences in which we try to maneuver blindfolded.
  4. Only those who remain in control of their behavior, those who know how to steer through do possess an agency, the rest is passive to those forces, even worse they are not conscious of the chains.
  5. But now, being master/slave is about having control of your own actions of your own direction, it’s not determined, it’s not fixed like it was for those categories in the ancient past. It’s about you trying to become better all the time.
  6. It’s as much a philosophy as a motivational guidelines.
  7. Learn the difference between what you want and what someone wants you to want.

 

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B. Pascal – Pensées

People of education are not called poets or mathematicians, etc.; but they are all these, and judges of all these. No one guesses what they are. When they come into society, they talk on matters about which the rest are talking. We do not observe in them one quality rather than another, save when they have to make use of it. But then we remember it, for it is characteristic of such persons that we do not say of them that they are fine speakers, when it is not a question of oratory, and that we say of them that they are fine speakers, when it is such a question.

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A. Huxley – The Doors of Perception

There is always money for, there are always doctorates in, the learned foolery of research into what, for scholars, is the all-important problem: Who influenced whom to say what when? Even in this age of technology the verbal humanities are honored. The non-verbal humanities, the arts of being directly aware of the given facts of our existence, ale almost completely ignored.

 

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