Friday, September 19, 2008

Darkness visible?

There’s a quote from Ben Stiller in today’s Guardian which makes me groan:

"Darkness," Stiller muses. "That's the direction I want to go in right now - both as a director and as an actor.

What drivel. Unless you’re a black-clothed, kohl-eyed eighteen-year-old, you don’t ‘seek’ darkness. Darkness comes seeking you. I do get irritated by artists of whatever sort talking glibly about seeking darkness or exploring pain or whatever, as if it is some sort of day trip. It’s emotions tourism, toying with dark ideas and retreating back to the comfort of your luxury trailer before any real darkness can impinge on your consciousness. People who truly deal with darkness do so because darkness surrounds them. They don’t choose it.

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