Friday, February 1, 2008

Facinating Interview with Alan Moore.

On of my favorite comic writers is a bloke known as Alan Moore.

While his comics V for Vendetta and From Hell didn't always transition well to film... (least of all the execrable The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen ) but his comics are sheer genius and potent socio-political analysis of society, culture, media and more.

There is a documentary about Alan Moore that you can watch online. I have learned the following things.

1) He is a fascinating and insightful speaker. With a very honest self-depreciating analysis of both himself and the world around him.
2) He and I are almost certainly on divergent political travels, but his insights into fascism, it's growth and implications are keen and worth paying attention too. The fact that in the early 80's he used ubiquitous cameras as a visible sign of "fascism in action" in V for Vendetta... and now the nanny-state of Britain has adopted them with great fervor is something he notes with a certain amount of irony.
3) In spite of his alluding to the contrary, I'm pretty certain you could call him a genius. I've never heard someone tie together quantum physics and Genisis so... beautifully before.
4) At approximately 30 minutes into the film he also appears to be completely barking mad... but in very peculiar and... dare I say... logical sense.

He starts talking about magic, shamanism, and the like and it seems very strange... but there are two key points to focus. Assume for the moment he is using magic metaphorically to describe the transformative process of bringing change (hopefully positive) into the world. That process is the means be which the artist, the writer and the architect uses to affect the world around them. To shape culture and society. He alludes to (at least in my mind) the concept of the Nam-shub and the power that the magi/artist/creator has.

The second point is about 37 minutes in, when he starts to talk about the soul... well it darn well could have been Joseph Campbell talking about following your "bliss." Alan Moore goes further to talk about a certain percentage of the population who seem to actively seek out and destroy their ability to fulfill that higher purpose. But then again he's a lot more cynical the Joseph Campbell was.

One last thought... that occurred to me while washing dishes. (hands occupied... brain free to roam.)

Humans are closest to the divine at two times: during the act of creation... and during the act of destruction.


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