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The Art of Exaggeration

Raymond Crane

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The prevalent and pervasive Art of Exaggeration accelerates with each moment as each ordinary person, such as myself, strives to cover-up their inadequacies.  In order not to admit that they, don’t know, or, couldn’t say, they go to great lengths to bluff their way into the eyes and ears of the public.  To hide their simple thoughts they exaggerate . . . habitually, grossly, and to the general public, impressively.  This has become standard practice, not just ‘normal practice’.  It is the standard of professionals of every suit and acts as a camouflage for they who just want to ‘fit in’.

The young are especially prone for in any medium of popular culture one can easily find extreme examples of hideous and false exaggerations.  When a pop-singer emphasizes her sexiness, or when a camera-director provides the most exciting fight scene that generations ago would have been mere slap-stick the public falls at their feet just as they fall for all exaggerators, politicians etc., in any walk-of-life.

I claim without giving specific examples that this is the case in every sphere of our common lives.  It takes just one honest person to say so, even if you have to take my personal observation as a fact.  Those who choose to be different, understate.

Raymond  Crane

 

 

RAYMOND CRANE ON THE POST MODERNIST CREATIVE IMPULSE

 

The Post Modernist creative impulse arises spontaneously.It is not some deep-seated philosophical belief.

The funny thing about Post-Modernist artists is that they appear to have no precedent.They arise from out of no-where seemingly by spontaneous combustion.Their efforts may appear irrational to a reader accustomed to the styles of modernism.Post-Modernist writers’ stand alone and do not mind criticism, they are unto themselves a force never before known to literary writing.Although some are non-Westerners they are principally of that over-educated class of literary whizzes that came out of hiding near the cusp of the 2000’s.They bear amongst them the trait of originality beyond comparison with any other writers that wrote before them.They are a lonesome caste in a play where they don’t mind at all being lonely; it is one of their characteristic traits to be of a singular nature.Each time a reader picks-up a Post-Modernist work of literature they are heading-out to points unknown. . . .  to the reader and most surprisingly also to the writer as well.

This is the most startlingly surprising fact about Post Modernism.Although the writer of a Post-Modernist text is absolutely informed with the literary forms that have preceded his or her writing they have little idea of where they want to go. Starting from out of no-where, with no destination.They just don’t know where their writing will take them.Bearing personal style, the fact remains, Post Modernism shall always remain a mystery!

Many a Post-Modernist writer begins with no preconceived idea, in fact that is the idea, to be unprecedented. Some Post Modernists in whatever medium start with an architectural concept, a grand structure and fill it with trivialities and mundanities until we are quite convinced that the over-all design is more significant than the content of their compositions.

The Post-Modernist writer does not aim to produce a commercial product. To subvert the forms of modernism is a delight… Post-Modernist writers relieve themselves of inhibition, challenging accepted formalisms as if they were only meant for such; subversions only worthy of elevation to a discriminating audience.

For the reader of Post-Modernist literature it is not just unusual but challenging, it creates for itself a style beyond conventions… a style solely of the authors own imaginings… the themes and the style may be confused and this is part of the artistic formalism of Post Modernism.  -  Taken as a whole the full scope of Post-Modernist writing varies between remnants of the modernist tradition and wild fantasies that can only be described as delusional.In between these extremes sits the bulk of Post-Modernist expression…  the variety too various to enumerate – as one has to be discriminating.

There is no easy approach to the choices one may make… a reader may prefer one writing- style to another and that writer may become their favourite…  and yet when considered as a total movement of a new literary tradition… the fact is that Post Modernism has now arrived  -and cannot be ignored,  and it shall not go away!

I like above all to write and comment on Post Modernism and Popular Culture for here I can express my most personal opinions whereas with my fiction writing the characters can only express their own views!

Aloha  from RAMON .

I AM POST MODERNIST Tuesday, 16 May 2017

 

In the old days, before I was born, there used to be laws… for example the ‘flagging’ law! This law enforced the rule that any of the new invention of motor vehicles had to proceed at a snail’s pace or at least at a walking speed through any of our local city-limit zones.  A privileged official would walk in front of any vehicle with a flag. Any vehicle that presumed to run over such an official would be fined severely.

I am a three year old, I can run, I believe I can fly…  I will not permit any publicist pretender to ‘flag’ me and charge me for their vicarious pleasures.

The old days are gone I stand in the sun! …  alone I may stand – I do not care for anyone’s pretences concerning myself.The sky is free, just for me to open my wings and accept myself. Competition is no more a proposition, it belongs to the dark ages.

Anyone who agrees with my own self-conception is a friend of mine.I accept my fate – I shall fly!  -  No flag of sadness shall lead us; -  we are freed! 

In my later years – as all this had been an age ago  as I recall  – I have produced works of literature – if you are by now interested,  these include my works of,  - Lyrics,  in a popular romantic style, titled – The Lyrics’ selection -  and also many short works of fiction,  among them:-

*The Secret Journals of Alien X  -  IBSN  978-3-8454-4560-1- 2008  - [ A novella ]

*Justice Reigns -  IBSN  978-3-8454-4968-5- 2010  - [ A collection of three novellas ]

-Justice of the Heart

-Sara’s Satellites

-The Templar Mafia

Publisher : - Just Fiction Editions

Published on Amazon Kindle: - *Cupid’s Reign:  A novella

*Last Words:  A novella

*The Animal King of Nineveh:  A novella

*The Reichstag Archipelago:  A novella

*The Adventures of the Southern Warbler:  A novella

*Breakaway:  A novella

*The Beach:  A novella

*Devils’ Playground:  A novel

A collection of these works will shortly be available on Amazon Kindle.

I am at present working for you- to produce the finest work of Post-Modern literature of the last one-hundred years,  in two volumes . . . Solely for your discriminating appreciation-

I am seeking a publisher with integrity which most likely will be as Amazon paperbacks.

Check me out now or reserve your interest for my projected works – ‘THANX !’

Raymond Crane

THE RISE OF THE NEW MIDDLE AGES ?

 

26 April 2017

11:13

 

English culture  and the new Middle Ages

 

Everyone is aware of the story-writing skills of Jane Austin.My matriculation English teacher was strict about this - the stories of Jane Austin belong firmly within the socio-economic structures of the Middle Ages.Even my Modern European History matriculation teacher implied as much when she said that many cultural elements of the Middle Ages persist resolutely into the modern era, that is the time up to the ending of the twentieth century, or even beyond into the present.

 

The male roles of Jane Austin's characters were socio-economically prescribed for life.Every one had their set role to play in society from birth unto death, or otherwise a very limited choice of life-roles.If you were born into a rich family you stayed rich, if you were born into a poor family you remained poor for all of your life.The only exception to this rule was Jane Austin's perceptive observation  - 'one vision'  -  that a relatively poor woman could marry into a rich social stratum and thereby escape the deplorable conditions of the poor, though no less worthy however never considered so; citizens of a by-gone era.The myth is perpetrated that such an elevation can automatically gain for the person concerned, like a magic carpet ride  -  happiness…  Is one to suspend disbelief eternally and remain in a fairy-tale fictive fantasy? Back in the daze of Jane Austin pseudo-science was all the vogue; such formulas were gazed upon fashionably…  such simplistic naïve equations were self-evidently valid, were they not? - Reality as in the Post Modern era is not so very quaintly simplistic and never naïve.At this instant of my writing such fancies have no function. 

It would be the claim of every Post Modernist writer, fictionalists or other, that Jane Austin's depiction of human nature is an illusion.  For like a pole being plunged into a pond the straightness of that pole appears bent because of the diffractive qualities of light upon the surface of the waters.Such a diffraction, a figment of Jane's deceptive imaginative qualities occurs in her writings, a bending - the illusion, for she cannot see beyond her everyday surface affairs and concerns, dreams of knights and castles; -  and view reality as we can at the present time; the newer continuum.  A reading of Jane Austin is highly likely to inculcate false life expectations, of such, is the power of English persuasion.

In real life one should celebrate the beauty of the mundane and the ordinary.There was a wealth of obvious and trivial details' 'modern-day' writers exaggerated that we do not need to be aware of.  A Post Modern writer wastes not one cluttering word.Should one preoccupy servants and thereby sustain an artificial and obsolete social class structure?In fiction one should emulate such a modernist/realist author as the exquisitely genuine Katherine Mansfield.Katherine was not inhibited by the accumulated dustings of former ages.She proudly claimed authorship for her finely created works of short fiction.

 

The social structures and belief systems of the Middle Ages are ever present within the pages of any Jane Austin story.  In the Middle Ages slavery existed not only in the colonies but also everyone was a slave to irrational beliefs.  Although some flatterers may suggest that a dozing middle class existed in the age of Jane Austin this is no-where evident in the writings of the eminently proclaimed Jane Austin.  - I do believe that...'Jane Austin being a woman totally contained in her Age and not within her age;  she was only capable of fantasizing about knight like beings and castles away so far above her in the jolly English airs -  would have felt envious, even quite an odd creature for not having been born into the nobility, and as such persons as herself had extremely limited opportunities for advancement or self- expression they sought out compensations for their deprived 'lowly' social stations, in the opportunistic struggle for the gaining of a wealthy status.'  A dream!  'Taking into consideration Jane's brilliant powers of imagination so exceptional for her time but understandable for in her life-time only half the population of England could read and write  -  she could actually believe almost that these things, knights and castles, were within her mental reach but just not quite obtainable in the grasp of her real life.'  -  Love and Romance were insignificant obscure things...  that no-one at that time knew a thing about, Jane Austin's stories did not transcend her Age! - This may however be regarded as a subjective opinion of my own, and therefore could be disregarded.

 

This same type of social structure residue is perpetuated in more recent writings for films, TV programmes  such as - 'To the Manor born.'Everything is as it was over a thousand years ago, everyone playing a circumscribed set role in the higherachy and no one is ever allowed to be any different.The principal female lead character is obviously drawn as a member of a nobility.No thing has disturbed her surface 'reality' for a thousand years.She observes all others as only things' existing for her convenience.The countering male lead role is inferred to be continental, was he Pole-ish or Hungarian, with aristocratic pretentions.He is only allowed to hob-his-nob with the noble-woman because he is a millionaire helicopter and sports-car driving outsider, nothing the less!-This same representation of English society is pictured in the writings of that most famous best seller of murder mysteries, Agatha Christie.Her stories are contained within the orbit of small rural villages mainly, where city-siders can snigger and scoff at the towns' folks' backwardness's … of such is the boundless glory of English humor compared with the, ‘seriousness’s’ of any of Jane Austin’s insightfulness’s when confronted by such rude conventions not of their choosing.  In fact Jane Austin’s quaint medieval politenesses are unbearable for any civilized person and yet in her day that was all there was, apparently.  With some of Agatha's stories foreigners are depicted and even foreign locations to please the voyeuristic vicarious arm-chair reader.Agatha adds strokes of modernism by depicting motor vehicles in her stories, and also such modernist descriptions of a man's voice as he spoke as, 'like machine-gun fire.'This dose of tokenisms to anything diverging from a medieval frame of reference, scenario, and the wasteland of illusionist writers is what we have to put up with until we demand and express a  -  'Post Modernist' approach  and a,  -  'new realism.' – Modernism is all about token people in a token world for if they respected each other as human beings they could no longer stand the trappings of a past age… march into the future aligned with Post Modernism for any ‘thing’ else is quite unreal. In modern times people liked to abuse themselves or view others on television abusing themselves… they called these activities – entertainments – for a large part that is what popular culture consisted of… and that is why it has such a poor reputation amongst the intelligencia of the planet.

 

Enough has been said elsewhere concerning the excellent style and plotting of such writers, but I ask you?-'Who could stand such confinements of unreal life-roles!' -Only in fantastic dreams.  -Are we to encourage fantastic dreaming'sor  -  realisms?

 

One person has only one life;  here is only one choice in this one life  -  fantastic dreams or reality?For people in general:  readers  writers  others;  here are those who can see and here are those who are as yet blind  -  often in this life those who can see… are blind… and so on and so forth for all our senses and sensibilities. -  Here… is no Middle Age twilight… only light  -  there dark.

 

Some people have asked the question;  is it fact or is it fiction?For a Post Modern writer here is only the real and the factual…  for even when we bend our facts, romanticize them this technique is not creating falsehoods but a kind of  -  hyperrealism  that is closer to the truth.  I am not a magician - I am not a super-power – the truth is just honesty in disguise, here is no-thing to excite… no-thing to be afraid for…

In my later years – as all this had been an age ago  as I recall  – I have produced works of literature – if you are by now interested,  these include my works of,  - Lyrics,  in a popular romantic style, titled – The Lyrics’ selection -  and also many short works of fiction,  among them:-

*The Secret Journals of Alien X  -  IBSN  978-3-8454-4560-1- 2008  - [ A novella ]

*Justice Reigns -  IBSN  978-3-8454-4968-5- 2010  - [ A collection of three novellas]

-Justice of the Heart

-Sara’s Satellites

-The Templar Mafia

Publisher : - Just Fiction Editions .

Unpublished : -

*Cupid’s Reign:  A novella

*Last Words:  A novella

*The Animal King of Nineveh:  A novella

*The Reichstag Archipelago:  A novella

*The Adventures of the Southern Warbler:  A novella

*Breakaway:  A novella

*The Beach:  A novella

*Devil’s Playground:  A novel

I am at present working for you -  to produce the finest work of Post-Modern literature of the last one-hundred years, in two volumes….  Solely for your discriminating appreciation -

Check me out now or reserve your interest for my projected works – THANX !

 

And so,  modest readers of this piece ….  I find myself in a likewise respect indebted to you, such persons as I could meet in any café,  in any bar  on any day….  and whatsoever should come down to us  shall be  in all respects  respected by me…. as a history I do not shy from,  this essay is all I hoped it would be,  and though the established powers  do not smile upon us,  as we do not smile upon them,  this text is forever in living history –  just a little token –  of human respect…..

 

With respect ,

RAYMOND  CRANE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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