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    Btw I genuinely didn't want this to turn into a discussion about serial killers, unless you're all obsessed with them too

    Please feel free to talk about your wholesome obsession with bird watching or growing the perfect tomatoes.

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    A Ballard quote I always (imperfectly) remember

    'An artist has to have the courage to follow their own obsessions'

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    ive always felt that i would have been successful if only id had obsessions.
    i dont really fixate on things like that. as for my interests this forum is
    a repository of them. about 15 years worth.

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    On a more cheery note, I'm also obsessed with 70s IRA fashion, Bullwackies fonts and artwork and the spare ribs at Cafe Klos in Amsterdam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    ive always felt that i would have been successful if only id had obsessions.
    i dont really fixate on things like that. as for my interests this forum is
    a repository of them. about 15 years worth.
    You've definitely got interests. Like conspiracy theories, Ezra Pound, mysticism, etc.

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    lots of interests, no obsessions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    Yeah, can't face that one.
    Its pretty amazing as a work of art actually. Incredible writing. An absolute tour de force.

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    artists are rather like children or teenagers in a state of arrested development, because they never give up their obsessions - most people compromise and calm down and resign themselves to having hobbies

    i feel similar to luka in that i've never had the driving obsession needed to channel creative energies - although saying that I know luka is a poet so he must be being humble about his deeply strange and wayward psyche

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    I wonder if a thesis can be cobbled together about this in terms of when artists are too indulged and become flatly onanistic in their obsessiveness

    Thinking here of Lars Von Trier. I've never seen a movie by him but I gather that he's become more and more self indulgent over the years and has consequently become nothing more than a highbrow troll.

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    obsessives dont make he best artists or the best anything. it allows people with smal talent
    to maximise their potential.

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    its essentially a malfunction.

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    There has to be a degree of distance to make art, that's true

    Also art is for an audience - and those expectations rein the obsessive mind in.

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    i more meant that monomania distorts the image like a fairground mirror

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    you'd have a hard time untangling obsession from neurosis. its the same function.

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