Monday, 29 December 2014

# 244

... since everyone else is doing a review of the year's events, here are the four most popular posts of my blog in 2014:

# 203 
"I don't see anything wrong with being alone. It feels great to me." --- Andy Warhol

# 205 
Today would have been Andy's birthday... in his memory, here is one of my favourite quotes:
"Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, 'So what.' That's one of my favourite things to say. 'So what.'My mother didn't love me.' So what. 'My husband won't ball me.' So what.'I'm a success but I'm still alone.' So what.I don't know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do, you never forget." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

# 222 (I think I know my soup) 
 ... found this gem in Warhol's diaries, today, dating back exactly 34 years ...
Saturday, November 15, 1980 - Cologne - ParisWe were going to a monastery and we had to be there at 12:00 because if we got there one minute after 12:00 we wouldn't be allowed in. Herman drove really fast in this pouring rain. After we got there we weren't allowed to say a word to each other. We went into the lunchroom and then the monk read something for twenty minutes while we ate our lunch - sour apple cider and lentil soup which tasted like canned to me but when I said so everyone just looked at me like I'm crazy, but - I think I know my soup. 
There was one really good-looking priest and he was behind me. Then we left and went to Paris. 

# 227
having a laughing fit... classic Andy:
Colacello recalls, "Roz told Andy that he should write his autobiography." Warhol responded that Colacello was already writing his biography. But, "Roz was very quick on her feet," answering Warhol, "Well, why don't you write your philosophy. I mean, if anyone has philosophy, it's got to be you." Warhol loved the idea and assigned Colacello as ghostwriter with the simple directive: "Philosophy is anything, Bob. Just make it up." --- Lucy Mulroney, 'I'd Recognize Your Voice Anywhere: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol [From A to B and Back Again]' 
But seriously, I think Warhol is onto something here because philosophy is anything! And I think it would do some of the smug, academic philosophers (mostly male and white) some good to have a real think about this. Being a philosophy PhD  student, I'm probably shooting myself in the leg here but I do think that it would be better for philosophy as a whole if the people involved in it would be more humble with their own thoughts, ideas and theories. Let's face it: we're not really solving any riddles, we're not 'producing' any truths, we will certainly not find out what the 'meaning of life' is. However, I also think that 'an unexamined life is not worth living'. Philosophy shouldn't be about looking like some 'big ass' thinker. If anything it should be about broadening ones own horizon and maybe, just maybe, getting a different perspective on things in life and the life of others. That's what is so valuable about philosophy: if done properly, I am convinced it can make you more respectful towards yourself and other living creatures. But it won't make you perfect. Deal with it!

Saturday, 27 December 2014

# 243

Friday, 26 December 2014

# 242

"Being single is best, but everyone wants to fall in love." --- Andy Warhol 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

# 241

Merry Christmas to everyone! 
Hope you all have quiet holidays with lots of food and friends!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

# 239

From Warhol's diary:

Tuesday, December 18, 1984
 [...] Ran into one of those kids from Harvard in the sixties, one of Edie's friends, I can't remember his name. And I showed him my crystals and told him about crystal power and he was just standing there with his mouth open. He said he couldn't believe that someone as smart as me would start believing in crystals after I made it through the sixties and everything and laughed at all the hippie stuff and that this is just the recycle of it. But really it's not the same, and you do have to be positive, not negative. He said he's developing land deals in Washington state. 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

# 238

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

# 237

Sunday, 14 December 2014

# 236

... finished a draft of my second PhD thesis chapter, today. 

This is what my desk looks like when I'm in my reading and writing work-mode. Chaotic? Always. Unorganized? Never. 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

# 234

"I really do live for the future, because when I'm eating a box of candy, I can't wait to taste the last piece. I don't even taste any of the other pieces, I just want to finish and throw the box away and not have to have it on my mind any more. I would rather either have it now or know I'll never have it so I don't have to think about it. That's why some days I wish I were very very old-looking so I wouldn't have to think about getting old-looking." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Monday, 8 December 2014

# 233

"The safest way to ruin a work of art is to complete it... to fill in the gaps." --- Slavoj Zizek 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

# 231

"If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me and there I am. There‘s nothing behind it.“ --- Andy Warhol

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

# 230

Looking forward to my Philosophy in the Gallery talk at Tate Liverpool, tomorrow!

Obsessed? Not a bit, hehe.