There's a little issue I feel like I need to put to rest. As it's something that seems to cause some amount of confusion, I want this to serve as the definitive answer to the really annoying questions I often get asked by people who think they sniff a more refined air.
Pretty sure I've made it clear in the past how I feel about people like that.
The question, though it usually varies a bit, comes down to this: “Why aren't you trying to be more upscale?”
Now, let me take a moment to explain what they mean by upscale. In a nutshell, they are asking why I'm not a snob. The answer is usually pretty simple, to whit, cause I fucking hate snobs. I mean, seriously, who actually wants to be such a stuck up asshat? Where is the fun in that?
As I've said many times, I'm a pretty simple guy for the most part. I like simple things. I don't see this as a character flaw, as it is by choice that I like these things. It is, for lack of a better way of saying it, my preferred lifestyle.
Because I need to explain things to my betters very slowly, that does not mean I have not read the works of the great literary masters. Hemingway, Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolstoy, and on and on do, in fact, decorate my bookshelves. I've got them sandwiched right in there with Douglas Adams, my complete Robotech novel series, R. A. Salvatore, Stephen King, and more.
Yes, I do actually listen to classical music. I have the complete works of Beethoven, Wagner, Mozart, and pretty much all of them. I keep them on the same CD rack as my collection of Faith No More, Queensryche, AC/DC, and if you just must know, B. B. King.
I own a copy of Casablanca. It's sitting next to my copy of Transformers. I know how to prepare filet mignon, but I'd rather cook a really good cheeseburger. I've been in stage plays, been to the opera, and have my favorite playwrights, such as Phillip King. I actually got to perform in See How They Run at one point in my life, as Reverend Humphries. I just happen to really enjoy playing D&D with a good group of friends as well.
I enjoy a good documentary as much as anyone else, or perhaps, a small group of people who have come to mistake it for the only form of television that deserves to be called artistic, like the overinflated douchebags they are. I'll pass on them, unless they are just really good, or I have some free time, to watch an anime.
Personally, Fairy Tail is my favorite of all time, but I own copies of El Cazador de la Brujah, Haibane Renmei, Hell Girl, Fruits Basket and more. I have them sitting right beside my copy of NatGeo's Leopard Queen, and consider them just as potent, moving, and emotionally resonant.
You see, I believe that you can enjoy all the wonderful things life has to offer without being a shrill, harping, dick. Why choose between things you like for the sake of other people? If you enjoy something, then enjoy it, and to hell with those who want to move about a more refined crowd. Let them. I'd rather sit around a coffee table with some dice than go to some lame ass party where everyone is just there to see and be seen.
I don't want to limit my experiences in my life to just the things other people think are worthwhile. I like to explore things for myself, make up my own mind about what I like and don't, and live as someone I can be cool with. I like looking at myself in the mirror and thinking, hey, that's a pretty okay guy there.
I chose to be what is often called low brow, because frankly, considering the high brow people I've met, I'd just rather not be associated with them. Not all, but most, are so wrapped up in their own self image, in keeping up with everyone else, in liking what is popular and disliking what isn't at any given moment.
Actually, I kinda feel sorry for them. It must be exhausting to have to stay so on top of every minute change in the raging ocean of popular. I can't imagine that any of them are ever having any fun.
Am I a low brow kinda guy? Hell yeah. I'm also pretty proud of that fact. Cause here's the real kicker that those super cool dickwaffels don't get. Just because I enjoy the 'common man' stuff, doesn't mean I can't enjoy the upper crust crap, too. I can, and do.
Which is more than I can say for them. They're too scared of one of their stratosphere friends seeing them enjoying something from down here on Earth. To worried about what people will say, or think. So wrapped up in their tiny little world, they are petrified by the idea of stepping outside of it.
That's sad, if you think about it. There's so much in this world that is artistic, creative, imaginative, and just plain beautiful, and they are missing it in the name of being better than everyone else. I can't think of a more empty, hollow and pointless existence than that.
So, when reading my work, or just talking to me, remember this. I'm low brow by choice. Don't mistake that for being stupid, lazy, or uneducated. Odds are, I've had more experience with art and creativity than you ever will living in your little bubble of special. What's more, I can totally get anything you chose to talk about, but you wouldn't be able to keep up with me if you tried.
So, to all the people who look down their nose and call me and my work low brow, I'd just like to say, thanks. Yes I am, and yes it is. Just the way I want it to be.
Oh, and fuck off, cause you're an ass ferret.
Chose to experience things, folks. There's a sea of wonder out there, just waiting for you to take a swim in it.