I got a new book on the Kindle, it's by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki and he wrote it in 1933. An English translation was made in 1977. The introduction said that shadows are to light what empty space is to an architect. Or something. Heck, why don't I just quote the intro? Charles Moore (School of Architecture, UCLA) said it better than me.
It comes with the thrill of a slap for us then to hear praise of shadows and darkness. So it is when there comes to us the excitement of realizing that musicians everywhere make their sounds to capture silence or that architects develop complex shapes just to envelop empty space. Thus darkness illuminates for us a culture very different from our own, but at the same time it helps us to look deep into ourselves to our own inhabitation of our world, as it describes with spine-tingling insights the traditional Japanese inhabitation of theirs. It could change our lives.
Well, sure, we hope that every book we read will change our lives, and sometimes they do. Anyway it seemed like an interesting book to read. The artist of the current story, Norman Maurer, for example really liked shadows. And solid blacks. Oog, that sort of thing is what I really need to learn how to do. Stick a bunch of solid blacks in there. I think it's more obvious with black and white comics but I heard some guy (who was behind a table at a comic convention, which showed some kind of expertise (either that or extreme fanaticism)) say that solid blacks are what people look at the longest when they read a comic.
Yeah, he may have been just repeating something he'd heard his art professor say. I wonder if he was living out of his van.
Oh yeah, also last week the big tech companies kicked Alex Jones off of their platforms. Some people thought that this was the start of a big tech push, but truth be told, the tech companies have been booting right-wingers off of their platforms for about a year now. A list compiled the other day by Gab.ai included Chuck Johnson, Milo Yiannopoulos, Andrew Torba, Sam Hyde, Baked Alaska, Roger Stone, Martin Shkreli, Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, Anthony Cumia, Tommy Robinson, Paul Golding, Jayda Fransen, Sabo, Red Elephants, Owen Benjamin, Hunter Avallone, and most recently Gavin Mcinnes.
Yeah, I remember Milo got kicked off Twitter because he said that the Ghostbusters remake was a shitty movie. They sure showed him!
I wonder where this will end. Seeya next week!