Behind John’s New Novel, Thorntree | Learning in Public 16

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A conversation based on the inspirations and creative process

behind John’s newly published novel, a modern retelling of the Faust legend.

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45:00

American “revolutionary spirit,” every generation of artists felt it had to upturn the last, couldn’t keep a tradition etc

51:00

what is the “dark,” demonic, gothic?

1:07:00

John’s creative process, drive for innovation while being a person who cautions against innovation

1:14:00

“transparent art?” Does there need to be mystery in art? Versus religious iconography?

1:28:00

the way someone has to engage with art, not just allowing it to just impress a view upon oneself

1:37:00

Loving the art and loving the artist, the interplay between the two, cult of personality. No formula to creating an artwork, it’s a holistic manifestation of who/what you are

1:49:00

Difference between artist and craftsman? The archetype of artist, what can’t be taught

1:58:00

The artist’s drive to create a fascimile of their internal world. Is the only way to classify art/artist as successful that they expressed what they wanted to?

2:10:00

What does innovation mean now? Is it possible?

2:17:00

Why John thought it is important to base a story on the Faust legend now

 

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