New Controversial Thoughts
I know it’s good
to be humble
but hard when great.
I think I’m great
enough to succeed
in being humbly good.
However, inspired by the Socrates assertion that the wisest people know how little we really know, here’s a self-deprecating paradoxical rhyming statement to balance the above self-parody fun boasting verse:
I am so ignorant
I think I’m intelligent.
Charity, Music and Writing
I must admit, I didn’t watch any BBC Sport Relief last night, although I did see Harry Gration and Paul Hudson finish their three-legged walk at a very greenYgrey finishing line in York on the local news. They raised about £200,000, so congratulations to them.
The music played was David Bowie’s Heroes, which was a central song to The Perks of Being a Wallflower; about a burgeoning writer with mental health issues; and cited in XaW Files: Beyond Humanity.
I hope Sport Relief was an entertaining success, and liked the Michael Crawford Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em sketch I saw on the news this morning. I grew up on the BBC and ITV, so of course they have been great influences on me. I recently watched From Andy Pandy to Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children’s Television.
Lone Writer and Musician Criticising Themselves and Humanity
While I’d like to be a nice charity-fundraiser, I also try to make a difference by writing and creating, which often means searching deep into the psyche, where the world isn’t so nice and straightforward. Like a couple of creatives I recently saw interviewed:
Watching an Artsnight interview with Norwegian author, Karl Ove Knausgaard, I related to his autobiographical fiction on the surface, but I’ve never read his books. I didn’t hear anything that sounded better than my writing when he read extracts, but maybe his books go deeper into reality, and are more controversial? He did study literature in Bergen, so is probably more expert than me. He has become a literary sensation anyway, and good luck to him. It’s on BBCiplayer, but I didn’t see it on YouTube. There are lots of other interviews of his on there.
I recently watched a Henry Rollins Hard Talk interview, which I related to from my ‘youth’. Henry is still on the far left, and is happy living a solitary life in his 50s. He’s still on the far left, while I’ve moved to the centre, mostly influenced by change happening too fast in Blighty, which was apparently how Atticus Finch felt in To Kill a Mockingbird sequel Go Set a Watchman. I haven’t read either of them either, but watched the former’s movie!
I don’t think I could create music like Rollins or do spoken word as good, but could probably learn to get by with the latter, as Knausgaard said he has learnt to do. But first and foremost, I think my best strength is my writing, and hope more people will think so too… one day…
The Henry Rollins interview is on YouTube: