The Art of Social: MORE wow per 100 characters. MORE pile per 300 words.

The Art of Social: MORE wow per 100 characters. MORE pile per 300 words.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Handel, Water Music

If ever a tweet or blog post deserved the red carpet treatment, it is because of the wow and pile.
character count: 100

Like a silk rug, a favored tweet or blog post has personality – substantial feel and much shimmer.
character count: 100

Like silver moonlight on a softly rippling pond. A shimmer – gentle, rolls, and defies the necessities and vicissitudes of the day, wear and tear, and self-neglect. Such is art.

You can’t bang out art like you bang on the last nail in a coffin. Interesting and art are not dead.
character count: 100

Personality is always interesting. Mostly because it is neither fatuous, terrible, nor diminishing.
character count: 100

Interesting has aristocratic charm and timing like the intricate works of a very fine Swiss watch- not the gutter ball tenor of a Big Lebowski. Or Bukowski.

As much as possible, avoid the spectacle of Nietzsche’s fat-fingered dwarf who dances a terrible, two-step Tarantula. Admittedly, I failed to do so now and in the preceding paragraph. Be honest – not frank.

Freak shows are not interesting; they are cheap thrills that do not thrive in our hearts – not like children’s laughter, the morning chirps of wild birds, or dawn light after a long, lonely dark night.

Nor is shock and awe – interesting. Interesting is neither terrorism or counter-terrorism. Interesting inspires awe, curiosity and wonder with boundless, child-like enthusiasm. It opens mind, heart, and soul – as if they were never barricaded.

Cynicism is not interesting. For nothing interesting leaves us less than we were before we knew the thing. That is what cynicism does. It comes with the worst kind of amortizations. It takes away from us and drags us down like thieves, ambushes, and bankers .

Interesting is a well received gift – appreciating in the hand, heart, and thought of the recipient.
character count: 100

word count: 300

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Disclaimer:

The title of this essay was inspired by a direct email advertisement for Horchow’s collection of fine rugs. I have not received (nor do I anticipate) any kind of compensation for mentioning Horchow.

Stan Faryna
18 February 2012
Bucharest, Romania

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5 Responses to The Art of Social: MORE wow per 100 characters. MORE pile per 300 words.

  1. Betsy Cross says:

    300 words! Wow! Was that hard? Jam packed with inspiration!

    “Freak shows are not interesting; they are cheap thrills that do not thrive in our hearts – not like children’s laughter, the morning chirps of wild birds, or dawn light after a long, lonely dark night.”

    Guess I like that line because I live with those things every day!

    I really like some of Bukowski’s poems…don’t know which ones! But I remember liking them!! LOL!

    That said, what attracts one person to a piece of writing and not another must be a personal thing. I came across quite a few this morning that I was in the mood to enjoy. but their topics were completely unexpected.

    Love the feel of this post!!

    • Stan Faryna says:

      I didn’t say that I didn’t enjoy Bukowski. [grin] Especially the language and irrevocable self-defeat!

      From “An Almost Made Up Poem”:

      “I would have loved you more if I had sat in a small room rolling a cigarette and listened to you piss in the bathroom, but that didn’ happen.”

  2. Hey Stan, whas’ up? (18 characters)

    • Stan Faryna says:

      WhaZUPPPP-ahhhh-uhhhh-ahhhh!

      Wasabi…

      I’ve provided the character counts for tweetable take-aways. I’m attempting to be useful like that. But maybe I’ve gone mad…

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