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Sunday Aug 16, 2015

Warmed-Over Marxism

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Cirque de Genome

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Art critic Hilton Kramer writes: “I think we’re all aware of the catastrophe—not only an aesthetic catastrophe but a moral and ethical catastrophe—that’s overtaken the art institutions and the teaching of art. One of the principal results of this catastrophe has been the transformation of the art museum in the last 30 years or so into a politically activist institution, ideologically bound to the worst new developments and leftist cultural criticism—that whole array of idiocies that goes under the name of post-modernism.

“So let me say here, there is no such thing as postmodernism, it’s all warmed-over Marxism, deconstruction, and other varieties of nihilism.

“Postmodernism is an ideological construction that allows the substitution of political, sexual, all kinds of other ideas, for esthetic standards. The museums, the art history departments, the art studio departments in the universities, the media, all have surrendered to this juggernaut.”

Sunday Jul 19, 2015

Countdown to Mecca / Michael Savage

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Eden with Countdown to Mecca

COUNTDOWN TO MECCA by Doctor Michael Savage

Print Length: 353 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (May 12, 2015)

A CAPTIVATING POLITICAL THRILLER

According to author, Michael Savage, Countdown to Mecca is the final chapter of the trilogy that began with Abuse of Power and A Time for War with hero Jack Hatfield saving the day. But, Savage is an inveterate writer who has been known to change his mind; he may still gift his readers with yet another Hatfield book in the series. It is no surprise that independent radio talk show host Hatfield who has been ostracized by the rabid progressives is modeled in some respects after Doctor Savage who is no stranger to wrangling the truth from deception.

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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?