the artist's dilemma

the artist cycle

Stage 1: have an idea, get overly excited about how amazing it’s going to look

Stage 2: start to put said idea on paper, get overly optimistic about how it will turn out

Stage 3: have all of your hopes and dreams for the idea crushed as you realize it’s right outside the reach of your skills but you keep going

Stage 4: finish piece, post everywhere because you’re so happy it’s done, feel amazing

Stage 5: go back to look at posts, notice something wrong with work but it’s already posted, facepalm

Stage 6: slowly but surely begin to hate said piece until it consumes your soul

Stage 7: new idea is born from hatred for other piece, and it’s going to look amazing

and repeat

The problem is that the central ideology of our age is the idea of self-expression. That the self, being expressive, is the good thing. It’s what I trace in ‘The Century of the Self.’ Expressing yourself through consumerism is central. So, the dilemma for artists is that however radical in content their paintings, their performance art, their video works, the mode in which they’re doing it — self-expression — feeds the strength of the very thing they’re trying to overthrow, which is modern consumer capitalism.
—  Adam Curtis (from “It All Connects: Adam Curtis and the Secret History of Everything” by Jonathan Lethem, New York Times Magazine, October 27, 2016)

Zombie!Sasuke based on this fic!!

this is for @pandajelo thanks for the fic recs!! (⁼̴̀ૢ꒳​⁼̴́ૢ๑)(⁼̴̀ૢ꒳​⁼̴́ૢ๑) 

Nar: “Are you a serial killer? Because if you are I’d appreciate it if you didn’t kill me!”

Sas: “Serial killer?”

Nar: “I’d really like it if you didn’t cut out my heart and put it on a jar-thankyoupleaseokay”

Sas: “That wasn’t that it meant, it meant that my heart is yours. I read it in this book.”

Nar: “So whose heart did you give me?”

Sas: “It’s mine”