I have always liked board games (especially chess and monopoly), cards and strategic games (especially wargames). And I´m now playing a new strategic game in tumblr, the objetive being to promote Mortimer´s "this almost Daily but not a Doodle at all thing". It´s as much fun and more rewarding than wargames, cards, etc. Now, instead of stockpilling armies to go to a silly war I always win, I´m stockpilling tumblr accounts, followers and the likes, trying to help to make Mortimer´s work go viral faster. As I have already commented, in a three months I´ve got more than 3,500 followers who can follow what I post, which is basically Mortimer´s reblogged work (I mix something else from time to time to keep it different from he himself).
A secondary effect of this game happened last Saturday. I was walking by this beach while reading a book:
This is its plot: "an old man is disoriented in an unknown room and has no memory about who he is or how he has arrived there. He tries to understand something from the relics on the desk, examining the circumstances of his confinement and searching for reasons and a method to exit. Determining that he is locked in, the man — identified only as Mr. Blank — begins reading a manuscript he finds on the desk, the story of another prisoner, set in an alternate world the man doesn't recognize. Nevertheless, the pages seem to have been left for him, along with a haunting set of photographs. As the day passes, various characters call on the man in his cell — vaguely familiar people, some who seem to resent him for crimes he can't remember — and each brings frustrating hints of his identity and his past. All the while an overhead camera clicks and clicks, recording his movements, and a microphone records every sound in the room. Someone is watching."
As I had been walking on the sand for 15 minutes, I entered into the seventh page of the novel when I realized that the story and the way it was told reminded me of Mortimer´s stories. I´m going to list words that came to my mind at that moment that I related to Mortimer´s work:
Those words, among many others I find in Mortimer´s work, have a continuity I could connect with the first pages of the Auster´s novel I was reading. I thought both works had in common to be about human "psychology". Suddenly, a second artist came to my mind, a Spanish one (just Catalan for Milled), Salvador Dali, whose work is also about psychology. And although Dalí´s work has much symbolism, which I don´t find in Mortimer´s, our friend frequently pairs his stories with striking and bizarre images, which in a different style provides some similar effect, with Mortimer being less pretentious than Dalí, of course, and for a reason ;) While Dalí has "melting watches" Mortimer has melting brains. So I thought Mortimer´s imaginative stories and drawings can be considered a "postmodernist work", which subject is actually very deep and sad, "human psychology", which vehicle is totally informal, sometimes even humurous, looking like but not naïve, and which drivers are the paradox, colors and plasticity that envelope and involve everything, from the whole to the little details.
I was leaving the beach when I thought Mortimer´s work can get big attention some day via either getting viral in internet, or via getting some critics attention (one of those who like to write these kind of silly things I´ve been talking about in these lines). I left the beach thinking I should let you know.
And that´s it.