Welcome welcome welcome, to my online diary the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette! Yes, as I focus more on this blog as my online diary it is still very much a magazine of culture for adults at the same time. I hope this concept gives the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette an attractive distinctiveness compared to other online publications for adults…
Complete Artistic Control
Last night as usual I fell asleep on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head, listening to the local 24/7 sports show low on the radio while watching silent films on YouTube on my laptop which sat facing me on my workstation.
Although I watch the films of many silent film actors, Charlie Chaplin fascinates me the most because as his career progressed he took over more and more control of his films until he had complete artistic control over them.
He was not only the star of the films he acted in; he ended up being the director, producer and the writer. He had complete artistic control. Not even the great Rudolf Valentino had this much control over his films. In his later films, Chaplin also wrote the music for his films.
What does any of this have to do with being a blogger and blogging?
Well, I have complete artistic control over the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. Complete artistic control can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing. It’s a good thing to have complete artistic control in order to achieve your artistic vision. Complete artistic control can be a bad thing because if you fail you have no one to blame but yourself.
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. All photos of Alexa Reynen were sampled from Egoallstars.
Today’s weather is pretty good for November in Pittsburgh. There will be a mix of clouds and sunshine and the high might, I say might, get into the low 50s. That means that even though I won’t have any fun money in my pockets until Friday of next week which means I won’t be on my regular beat in Little Italy until Friday of next week I’m thinking of taking a stroll deeper into Oakland to the public library and to see if I can find a couple of movies on DVD that I might be interested in viewing. Even though I watch a lot of movies on YouTube, sometimes when I look at the movies the library has in stock, they jar my memory. I would have never thought to look up those movies on YouTube. And then you have to pay for certain movies on YouTube. All the movies you check out of the library are free.
“Since I took early retirement, blogging is the perfect past time for me. No, it’s more than a past time. It’s more than a hobby. It’s a calling.”–Guy Hogan