You all know the story of the Emperor strutting down the street stark naked and the little boy asking why the king is without clothes. It was fashionable to believe the king/emperor was wearing the most fashionable clothes but the boy wasn't in on the story.
When we see visual art that is the work of a fashionable artist I feel a little like the boy in the story above.
This is an example. I am sure Ms Emin would explain what she had produced very eruditely, however , for me, there is a BUT!
I am not an ignorant man, not as bright as some brighter than others, with some talents but nothing of great note. Art, for me, is an alternative way of looking at things in the modern world and it includes alternative representations.
However, half a beast in formaldehyde in a glass case; and, a rather dishevelled bedroom scene - I have a problem. I once attended an exhibition of modern art in the Pompidou Centre in Paris and saw a doorway, the frame of which was constructed from strip lights, there was a 12 feet long iron girder with a lump of cotton wool tied round the middle, and 144 blue ceramic tiles in a rectangle on the floor imaginatively called 'The Sea'!
To me some of that is not art - that opinion is purely personal. The question is why do we like some art, some books, and not others? Sometimes it is because critics have decreed that they are good so we must like them.
Similarly, books and authors are subject to such 'fashions'. Many people over their lives read hundreds of books, some may read very few but quite often we read on the recommendation of others. We actually don't know whether a book is good or not until we have read it for ourselves. There are a few below to get your teeth into and if you enjoy please spread the word, write a review and I will be eternally grateful.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.
This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.