Summer Musing: How To Keep An Open Mind

August 18, 2016



To make great art, you need to have an open mind. I’ll give you an example of such an open mind. I read this story in Andy Warhol’s Philosophy, or it might also have been his Popism. I don’t remember but let me paraphrase it for you: “I have a problem,” Warhol said, “something is wrong with me. Every time I watch a detective story on TV, although I’ve watched it several times before, I always forget who’s the murderer.” Of course, there was nothing wrong with Andy Warhol. I think this story is an excellent example of an open mind: it doubts what one thinks one knows so that it opens up to possibilities: the murderer could always be somebody else. 
To make great art, you need to have an open mind. I’ll give you an example of such an open mind. I read this story in Andy Warhol’s Philosophy, or it might also have been his Popism. I don’t remember but let me paraphrase it for you: “I have a problem,” Warhol said, “something is wrong with me. Every time I watch a detective story on TV, although I’ve watched it several times before, I always forget who’s the murderer.” Of course, there was noth…


To make great art, you need to have an open mind. I’ll give you an example of such an open mind. I read this story in Andy Warhol’s Philosophy, or it might also have been his Popism. I don’t remember but let me paraphrase it for you: “I have a problem,” Warhol said, “something is wrong with me. Every time I watch a detective story on TV, although I’ve watched it several times before, I always forget who’s the murderer.” Of course, there was nothing wrong with Andy Warhol. I think this story is an excellent example of an open mind: it doubts what one thinks one knows so that it opens up to possibilities: the murderer could always be somebody else. 

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