when i say many of my influences are "offensive content" i think that's inaccurate, mainly because of its connotations. I will be very clear here: most things that are billed on offensiveness, created with the foremost goal to offend, are garbage. there is an infinite ocean of groyper types endlessly regurgitating the same tired set of comments, struggling stand-up freaks making a living whining about censorship and pc culture, and more. content and ideas that are not interesting or funny and are, really, not meant to be. i think the increasing cultural aversion to any kind of discomfort is worth complaint, i think the common features of near-corporate sandpapering of any rough edges and incessant forced positivity is bad for the zeitgeist, i've talked about this. most people who spew these talking points and buzz words don't, i feel, engage in any measure of good faith. there's very little more disingenuous than going out of your way to upset people in public and then making a big bombastic show about how those people were upset by what you said. when i talk about my influences, when i say they're offensive, i mean it in a different way. not "screaming naughty words while giggling and pissing yourself", rather "this is a product of will, regardless of external judgement". dead baby jokes and all of their ilk are created in explicit relation to their reaction, they're intended to get a rise. this dynamic, dependent on others, is not impossible to do well, but it is very rarely done well. there's a craving for attention there, a level of desperation. it's sad and uninteresting. good "offensive content" comes from the heart, often from mental illness. the diseased of mind are not inherently diseased of heart, for all society's talk of mental illness acceptence people sure run for the hills the second they show any sign of violent ideation.
an example of how to do it well is Million Dollar Extreme's book How To Bomb the U.S. Gov't. i don't care that much for MDE, in general. i like a few of their sketches, mainly 9/11 2, and i'm in love with the intro graphics and teaser for their tv show, but for the mostpart the content of the show isn't what i care about. they also have audio content on bandcamp, which i have never even looked in the direction of, and may never in my life. i love their book, though. for most of my time knowing about it i'd just skimmed it, and it was fun just skimming it, but my eyes glazed over at a lot of the less visually striking parts, where it just revved down into pure text. i forget what exactly it was, but there was definitely a specific thing that kicked me into gear to read it, and i'm very glad i did. MDE are in the business of making you uncomfortable. the best way i can describe it is as the phenomenon of internet performative misanthropy. in this world, where the want to be viewed as kind, empathetic and moral drives so many, what kind of person would go out of their way to be seen as the opposite? unhinged, abrasive, spiteful. even those earlier mentioned whiners want to be seen positively. there's all this talk of censorship, grandstanding and arm-waving. this book wants you to see it and think "this is the product of a diseased mind, a sickness that must be burned out, the parent of this work would not be suffered in a just society". it is fantastic.
there's a comment i've heard on chinese, which i think was popularized by a tom scott video, that because you don't need to include a tense in sentences, it's the language to pick if you want to write poetry with a loose relation to time. Hussy's writing can, i feel, be described as having a loose relation with structure. every post is "about something" in some way or another, not necessarily with a sense of gravitas but moreso just that it's not gibberish. the words come from somewhere, where or what just isn't always clear. this tweet is recent as of writing, and i think it's my fvaourite one they've ever made. it's sad and misanthropic and a little funny, it's just very very good.
don hertzfeldt is a real fuckin champion. visionary is a bit of a pretentious term but there's not much else to call him. the man does (or at least historically /did/) most of his animation by hand, by himself, without so much as a lightbox. there's a timelapse, WATCHING GRASS GROW, which details years of work on the short THE MEANING OF LIFE over the course of about 12 minutes, and it is glorious. the amount of dedication to craft on display is incredible, especially considering his workflow. hertzfeldt's films tend to involve a lot of improvisation, figuring things out as he works. this is the exact opposite of how animation is supposed to work, and yet it produces incredible films. this is something i can only rationalise with the idea that don hertzfeldt was put on the planet to make these things, something he seems to agree with. hertzfeldt's work does a lot of unique things by physically distorting the image. his most famous work, REJECTED, ends with the paper being drawn on crumpling and ripping, as if the animation's reality is falling apart at the seams. it's glorious. his best work is, of course, IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY. it's my favourite movie of all time and one i absolutely cannot recommend enough. it is miserable and beautiful and i am a thousand times better a person for the experience. from march 17th 1999 to october 18th 2018, hertzfeldt kept a public journal on his website. it's absolutely fascinating stuff. his website is a treasure trove in general, and one of my two biggest inspirations for how i design this site, but this is the real good stuff. staring into a man's soul for almost 20 years, an entire life freely given to the winds to carry wherever they please. two years ago i met the great richard williams at an oscar event, a person i think most everyone can agree is hand-drawn animation's michelangelo. watching his stuff often physically hurts me right in my core because i understand, very deeply, just how much time and pain and work he's putting into it in order to reach this level of technical perfection. and he said, "don, i've finally mastered it. i'm 82 years old and it's taken me my whole life, but i've finally mastered animation. and now the big joke is if i can live long enough to do something with it." hertzfeldt also has a very good outlook on creativity, i'll yell for hours about how making something is what's important, not that the result is good.
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