Don’t Make a Scene

December 20, 2010

I was listening to CBC radio the other night. It was a program on books. And the person interviewed was talking about the author of a particular book. She sounded like a combination of therapist and worshipper. And it rang a bell with me. The perception of artists/writers/poets as cripples. Either psychologically or emotionally. And in a peculiar way their art is seen as a symptom of their illness. The underlying belief (though never expressed, perhaps not even recognized) is that a healthy individual doesn’t create art. They have no need. They aren’t sensitive enough. Of course, its rubbish. But go into any of our universities and listen.

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