Mel Gibson's pathogenic cash cow Passion of the Christ returns to the cineplexes today with six minutes of the most extreme violence excised so that you can feel free to take your pre-adolescent confirmands. According to the IMDB, this Passion re-cut is slated to go into perennial release around this time of the year--much like The Greatest Story Ever Told in the 70's and Jesus of Nazareth in the '80s. Unlike Passion of the Christ, those two former films actually feature some of the tenants of Christian faith, and depict the crucifiction in context. Make no mistake, Passion of the Christ is not revealed truth as so many would have it, but a cynical money grab by Hollywood whores. It's a movie for goodness' sake, not holy writ. So, with no golden Oscars to show for itself, it returns to secure more lucre from evangelical fools who worship the appearance of faith and belief over its truth and substance: the essence of the golden calf. Idolatry and blasphemy.
Welcome to Blank Space. In art, blank space is negative space. In writing, blank space exists between the lines of printed text (the black space). It is the unique perspective that a reader brings to the work; what the reader experiences in a work of fiction that may not be set down explicitly on the page. A work containing blank space has no overlong exposition, backstory or explanation. It is simple, direct and active.
Michael Hacker writes fiction, is a former stage actor and director, is interested in all forms of storytelling both character and plot-driven, loves to discuss philosophy, ethics and psychology, and criminal psychopathology. He is interested in crime and the legal system. He loves computers, but as an end-user. Mike's overall philosphy is stoic acceptance that mixes Christianity with the philosophy of Epictetus.