Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer on Fiction Writing, Prt.3

-a truly great work of art will always deal with three things: sex, violence and death. It is my opinion that any work of art which deals not at all with this omnipresent trio of human universals is not worthy of one’s time or, indeed, of really being called a work of art at all. …

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To Kindle a Light in the Darkness of Mere Being: The Straussian Plato and the value of art.

The visceral realities of the purpose and mission of art have primordial figuration in the history of human consciousness. Art at its core is a powerful entity and plays a role in not just aesthetic appeal but in the contemplative aspects of being. Philosophy and art in many ways share a kinship of sorts, both …

Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer On Fiction Writing, Prt. 2

Putting aside many of the age-old questions concerning the validity of the concept of Human Nature one can with absolute certainty say that there are Human Universals, that is, Human Generalities. Everyone who exists was born and everyone who was born will die. Everyone feels the pangs of hunger and thirst, of dread and envy, jealousy …