This book, and the excellent essays within, were the first to take Robert E. Howard and his work seriously and to consider Robert E. Howard a major literary figure. The essay, "The Dark Barbarian," sprung into existence as a continuation of an argument first begun by Don Herron in "Conan vs Conantics" Two-Gun Raconteur 3, where he argues that there is an intrinsic, and unfortunate, difference between the conception of Howard's original Conan character and the conception of the character as portrayed in the imitations.
His field is hot now and every year he is inundated by applications from would-be graduate students. And yet we still need the underlying concept, whatever we call it.
What my friend meant was that he wanted students who were not just good technicians, but who could use their technical knowledge to design beautiful things.
Mathematicians call good work "beautiful," and so, either now or in the past, have scientists, engineers, musicians, architects, designers, writers, and painters. Is it just a coincidence that they used the same word, or is there some overlap in what they meant? For those of us who design things, these are not just theoretical questions.
If there is such a thing as beauty, we need to be able to recognize it. We need good taste to make good things. If you mention taste nowadays, a lot of people will tell you that "taste is subjective. When they like something, they have no idea why.
Their thoughts are a tangle of unexamined impulses. Most of us are encouraged, as children, to leave this tangle unexamined. If you make fun of your little brother for coloring people green in his coloring book, your mother is likely to tell you something like "you like to do it your way and he likes to do it his way.
Like many of the half-truths adults tell us, this one contradicts other things they tell us. After dinning into you that taste is merely a matter of personal preference, they take you to the museum and tell you that you should pay attention because Leonardo is a great artist.
What does he think "great artist" means?
Misc thoughts, memories, proto-essays, musings, etc. And on that dread day, the Ineffable One will summon the artificers and makers of graven images, and He will command them to give life to their creations, and failing, they and their creations will be dedicated to the flames. INTRODUCTION by Edward Waterman. Presented here in its entirety is Don Herron's famous essay, "The Dark Barbarian." This essay first appeared in the book of the same name, The Dark Barbarian, and was first published in This book, and the excellent essays within, were the first to take Robert E. Howard and his work seriously and to consider Robert E. Howard a major literary figure. “I feel like I’m an above-average driver.” I feel like I’m a below-average driver. Likewise, I increasingly find driving stressful and dangerous, plus there are more and more good alternatives to driving that are often cheaper and faster and kinder to the environment.
Saying that taste is just personal preference is a good way to prevent disputes. You feel this when you start to design things. Whatever job people do, they naturally want to do better.
Football players like to win games. CEOs like to increase earnings. But if your job is to design things, and there is no such thing as beauty, then there is no way to get better at your job.
Your tastes will change. If so, your old tastes were not merely different, but worse. Relativism is fashionable at the moment, and that may hamper you from thinking about taste, even as yours grows.
But if you come out of the closet and admit, at least to yourself, that there is such a thing as good and bad design, then you can start to study good design in detail.
How has your taste changed? When you made mistakes, what caused you to make them?To the first page of many fascinating responses to this article. Postscript, August 25, But please don’t write more letters about this essay. During and , the essay became widely known and I was inundated with letters—mostly hate mail.
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