Ryan M. Church

“Forget All You Know or Think You Know” Solutions to “The Slow, Dark Eclipse of the Soul”

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2015 at 8:18 pm

This is a brief offering to brighten this bloggers heart.

Source: The Slow, Dark Eclipse of the Soul

‘classics suck, they should die in a fire, and why should anyone read them?’

First of all I for one do not believe Classics suck.

But, first I will cover some reasons why people think this way.

One:  The Storytelling Arts are falsely regarded as disposable.

Films and Television programs were often destroyed up until the 1970s. The Pulp Literature (Penny Dreadfuls, Dime-Novels, Pulp Magazine Stories) are largely ignored with the exception of revivals in the 1950s and 1970s to 1980s.

Two: The Disposable Nature of the business of Storytelling

I also hear the same arguments for old movies.

‘Black and White movies suck, they should die in a fire, and why should anyone watch them?’

And Foreign Films that sometimes rival our Classic and Contemporary films.

‘I hate reading subtitles. Foreign Films suck, they should die in a fire, and why should anyone watch anything with Subtitles?’

I remember in the 1990s when the same could be said of movies displayed at home in widescreen format on Video Tape and the early DVD’s.

People’s preferences seem to be for the latest.

Which leads to reasons Three and Four.

Three: A Dead Author can’t write new material from beyond the grave.

Four: Audiences have little or no appreciation for the variety of Storytelling formats

And they are not rewarded for it either.



[Brief Rant I apologize to those that disagree]

How often is Herman Melville’s MOBY DICK so highly praised?

Except for a handful of genius passages, most of the text of MOBY DICK is bastardized plagiarism.

He wrote far superior stories such as TYPEE and BILLY BUD. While such scrappy entry as MOBY DICK gets treated as the second greatest piece of literature after the BIBLE.

No wonder people don’t like the Classics.

Solution: Don’t call them Classics.

Call them recommended reading

Call them your Favorites.

Call them your guilty pleasures.

Call them your teachers.

Call them your muses.

Call them inspirational.

Call them kick-ass or awesome.

Call them anything but . . . Classic.



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