Thursday, October 20, 2005

Realism

Realism, n. The art of depicting nature as it is seen by toads. The charm suffusing a landscape painted by a mole, or a story written by a measuring worm.

2005 Update: A cynic's Shangri-La.

30 comments:

AP3 said...

Realism... trumps idealism every time.

karma said...

actually Picasso's paintings, as he painted what he saw

Tom & Icy said...

To step outside yourself and see a stranger.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Woooo Tom and Icy---I can't follow that! It's too good.

Realism,n.,
Postmodernism in rose-colored glasses.

Jamie Dawn said...

How my life is mirrored in Norman Rockwell paintings.... NOT!

lula said...

Hmmm. Let me see how we do this. Guess just make up our own definition for realism. Oh, I say it's waking Ambrose to find that he is dead.

Indeterminacy said...

Realism: A surrealist's nightmare.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Good one Lula! *bowing*

You're getting some good stuff today Doug.

Doug said...

Aral, only outside the skull or against it.

Karma, I see it too when I look at his paintings or a horse.

Icy, brilliant! You got me chasing my tail.

Nice follow up, TLP.

Jamie Dawn, it looks pretty close to me.

Lula, FANTASTIC!! So glad you showed up.

Indie, probably more of a disappointment, right?

TLP, I agree. *genuflects toward Lula arm-in-arm with TLP*

Minka said...

realism, n. the glass is half empty

Sreekesh Menon said...

the hamper where we dump our dreams.

A Little Bar of Soap said...

Realism, n. An inclination toward literal truth -- see THE BIBLE, friends!

Sar said...

Realism: Life's perception behind blogsphere.

LeesahEm. said...

Doug-your definition today is perfect. I won't even try to compete with it.

ariel said...

one example: insects and humans see the world in different colours. the difference is realism.

ariel said...

oh and Ambrose is not dead. :)

GABRIEL C. ZOLMAN said...

Realism, n. (1) Pessimism for the morbidly smug; (2) Resembling consensus misperception.

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actonbell said...

Great definitions! Wow.

realism: Monet with corrective lenses.

Doug said...

Monika, that hardly sounds like you although I appreciate the wit.

Sreekesh, remember the bleach.

Thank you, Soapy. I'll see if I can find a copy.

Sar! This isn't real?!?!?!? Just when I was getting smart and good looking. Darnit!

Masil, it was practically written for you, wasn't it? Thanks.

Ariel, which one is realism? And I agree, he's just getting warmed up.

Gabriel, I may put your second definition on my desk.

I agree, Actonbell, including yours. I love it.

Andrew Donaldson said...

Realism, n. Portraying things in such a way as to comfort the inadequate.

~Daydreamer~ said...

Realism, n. The act of knowing everything and still living with it.

mireille said...

oh you are not either damn ugly, Doug. realism: determining the charming young redhead is indeed FBI. xoxo

Doug said...

Andrew, don't think I don't appreciate it either.

Marwa, that's a better dictionary definition than the dictionary's.

Zockso, Mireille. It's clear isn't it?

dddragon said...

Realism: Anti-Impressionism

ALSO: VanGogh on Prozac.

OR: that which we run away from.

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

too good everyone

realism,n. a world bereft of delusive thought.

but then again your realism may not be my realism

Doug said...

By golly you Pezes are a cultured bunch. Healing dead artists seems to be a family mission.

Bereft is the right word, Alice. By the way, do you mind toning down the racy content a notch?

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

You wish. ;)
If only you weren't a dog.

Doug said...

Woof.

ariel said...

lol, you see, Alice is grasping it. I meant realism is the definition of our confession that we know that our comprehension of the world tells little of the world itself and more of our own senses. that is, we swear there's a colour like red, bees swear there isn't. however, we assume there SHOULD be a reality somewhere over us.

sorry, it's difficult to me to say anything more difficult than "come here", "go there", "good puppy" in English. :)

Doug said...

I usually lose arguments with bees. OK. No red.