I’ve always felt that strong writing can support a bad story, but a good story can’t support bad writing. Dan Brown might disagree, but there you go.
A Vancouver businessman who makes a living shopping at Trader Joe’s in the U.S. and reselling the goods in Vancouver at his Pirate Joe’s store has won a legal fight with the retail giant.
n. the desire to care less about things—to loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every few steps, afraid that someone will snatch it from you before you reach the end zone—rather to hold your life loosely and playfully, like a volleyball, keeping it in the air, with only quick fleeting interventions, bouncing freely in the hands of trusted friends, always in play.
Imagine that we learned that the object before us, looks like a painting that would spontaneously move us if we believed it had been painted – say the Polish Rider of Rembrandt, in which an isolated mounted figure is shown midjourney to an uncertain destiny – was not painted at all but is the result of someone’s having dumped lots of paint in a centrifuge, giving the contrivance of a spin, and having the result splat onto canvas, “just to see what would happen.” And what happened is that, by a kind of statistical miracle, the paint molecules disposed themselves in such a way as to produce something to all outward appearances exactly like one of the deepest paintings of one of the deepest artists in the history of the subject […] (Danto, 1981, p. 31).
Danto’s point is, of course, that the Polish Rider and its identical paint-splotch have different aesthetic properties, despite the fact that they have identical structures. The difference in their aesthetic properties, then, depends on the difference in their heuristic. A category of art’s heuristic is the set of circumstances surrounding how they came to be. Since any work of art is created within a certain category, its instantiation of that category is a relevant element of its heuristic.