About

About The Author

A Dilettante is owned and managed by Joseph A. Hazani. At the start of 2013, Mr. Hazani began a project: to watch a Netflix film six days every week followed by writing a critique the day after. Within several months, his ability to articulate his cinematic impressions flourished, laying the groundwork for beginning his podcast “A Dilettante TV & Film Review”. He has since reviewed over 150 works of film and television. His reviews prompted him to examine the age-old question: what is art?

 

Conjointly with answering this question was his first critical anthology Critique of the Last Man in Film published in 2015. This work examines a common theme in dozens of the films he had reviewed: the concept of Frederick Nietzsche’s “Last Man”. Critique offered Mr. Hazani a way to ground his artistic criticism with the advent of his art theory while also contemplating a philosophical concept that was ripe for visual demonstration.

 

Subsequently, the mediocrity of contemporary film moved Mr. Hazani out into society to voraciously test his critical abilities, but also more importantly, to test his art theory. A Dilettante is the periodical of these examinations of contemporary culture. It provides support for his justified belief that the best art is the most universal and timeless; that these works have a shard of prophetic revelation imbued within them, to bring forward within humanity not simply a new way of thinking, but a new way of being.

 

Art, Mr. Hazani believes, is fundamentally biologically evolutionary and as essential to civilization’s progress as the act of combustion is to a locomotive engine. By setting one’s sights upon good art, Mr. Hazani believes one is not merely becoming cultured, but becoming a more proper human being; one that is pacific, creative, but above all else, happy. Happiness brings with it a celebration for tasting life which is a positive current that flows through anything a happy person touches. When this current is compounded in society, the restless animal spirit of humanity necessarily leads toward turning swords into plowshares.

 

It is this positivity which explains Nietzsche’s pronouncement: “Art is the proper task in life.”

 

In his spare time, Mr. Hazani enjoys creatively writing short stories, composing philosophical and cultural essays, and writing about himself in the third person.