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I once came across the following quote.
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
There it was, marked with a permanent marker in a bathroom stall in a bar in Camden. As Londoners know, that is the ultimate source of knowledge and wisdom. If it's on the back of a bathroom door, it must be true. I cannot help but find myself imagining who wrote the quote; a guy must have thought, 'this epiphany I had while doing my business must be passed on'. Perhaps he is a writer, better yet, a singer-song writer, who lives in a run-down apartment in north London... Fast forward to today, a search via google revealed that the quote is actually attributed to Tom Clancy, an American author of both fiction and non-fiction. Life is always full of twists and turns.
Aside from how I found the quote, it has gotten me thinking about the notion of reality, realism and the hyper-real. It reminded me of scripted reality-tv shows (and I do hope that you know that they are, indeed, scripted). It also reminded me of movies and comedy such as Being John Malkovich and Episodes where storylines are created using the identity of the actors themselves. How do artists create something that makes sense? By creating something that roots from reality, which ironically, is arbitrary and full of randomness.
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