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Sunday Jun 21, 2015

The Man with the Dog Novella

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The Man with the Dog

My new novella The Man with the Dog is now available on Amazon as an ebook for your kindle or iPad. For yourself, and makes a great gift.

“Our escapades take us from the East Coast, California, Hollywood, San Francisco, and a trip to Europe, including Dublin, and to that other magical isle of Mykonos. Throughout the novella, we meet a lively cast of characters, including many who are well-known. What did Axel and Marlon Brando discuss about their movie deal? What unforgettable lesson did the great Zen master painter teach Axel?

“Will our hero persevere in his quest for meaning or be trapped by powerful seductions—from sexy women to untold riches, and the high life in the Hollywood Hills? You will want to know how Axel and his story comes to a finis. Have fun while learning a thing or two—especially about art, artists, and mentors. I did.”

Monday Jun 08, 2015

Do Not Prejudge

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Moon Series Invitation

One afternoon, I walked into a gallery in West Hollywood to see the work of another artist. After a bit of time the gallery owner looked at a few of my smaller ink pieces that I had with me. He immediately offered me a solo show.

The gallery owner wrote the following blurb that appeared on the other side of the invitation:

“Eden Maxwell’s work is a pure celebration of spontaneous creation and the marvelous potential for expression within us all.

“In Eden’s work, a single viewing is just the beginning. Over time and at different distances and angles, his artwork grows increasingly intriguing and satisfying as more complex shapes and subtle forms integrate into a seamless panorama of the humor and drama of life—an act of artistic alchemy that cannot be planned or duplicated.”

Opportunity can appear anywhere.

Saturday Apr 04, 2015

The Apple Core

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Native American

As a seasoned poker player will tell you: know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em.

If you don’t posses a natural immunity to a disabling disorder, then the remedy resides in building up resistance under controlled exposure—an inoculation. Consequently, the most direct way to get around rejection is to go through it with a positive mindset along the way.

Let’s be clear, thinking positive thoughts is admirable, but it is a temporary bandage at best if you are secretly harboring doubt and fear in lieu of awareness.

What is the point of polishing an apple that is rotting from the inside out?

Thursday Feb 26, 2015

America Doublespeak

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George Orwell

Artists who want nothing to do with politics will be among the first to be either censored or executed by a tyrannical regime.

Beware the Ides of March:

When I first read Orwell’s 1984 vision of a dystopian future where the sociopathic socialists ruled through a constant and fabricated state of war, I thought it could happen here at any moment. Most at the time did not agree with me, saying that it’s paranoia.

In Orwell’s prescient mind the government ruled the brainwashed citizens by controlling the media, doublespeak, up was down and good was bad, and where the Ministry of Love dispensed fear, torture, and death. And the Obama regime labels illegal immigrants as Americans in waiting.

Do we not have this precisely going on in America today? Can’t say Muslim terrorist and politically correct defaces the language and meaning. Now, Obama and his minions want to control the Internet by way of a corrupt FCC that will forever take away our press and information freedoms with a pen. The leftists lie about their charitable motives.

When the socialist destroyers of ingenuity control the Internet medium they will also control content, which is already happening with a Pravda mainstream press complicit in lying for Obama at each turn.

Other than Impeach Obama now, I don’t know how to stop the assault. I do know that being informed is at least the first step, as the founding fathers had envisioned.

Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

Art and Politics

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Darwin Redux

In some respects, even art can’t escape the pulls of politics, whether to the left or the right. In Nazi Germany the dear Führer decreed that certain art was decadent art, which was verboten. And he should know, as he was a failed art student.

Today, many of the art institutions, museums, galleries, and grant giving organizations are populated mostly by wantonly ignorant leftist Marxists who would not know art from cream cheese. The powers with money dictate what sort of ‘art’ should be made—which is ultimately a trap for the artist who complies. This does not prevent the true artist from listening to a higher power. 

One of the first actions of a Marxist or other fascist regime is to control the images that the people see. But, this can also be accomplished with language, as in the insidious mind control device called political correctness—the very illness that is eroding our land this very moment. Lack of awareness by sheeple can quickly transform art for art’s sake to art for the state’s sake. And voila: a totalitarian state is born.