19 July 2011

7 if you have a minute

i suggest you read THIS


if you have no minutes, this is the crux...

"I believe the stories generated were worth it—but I couldn't undertake a similar adventure again. Literary cannibalism is at best a fetish; eventually, life must come before art, and there’s a point where the writer must tell herself, No, I don’t need to jet somewhere, gamble with my bank account, or fraternize with questionable individuals in order to gain great material."

my question is this:
do you agree?

7 comments:

Katie C said...

Hmmmm... do I agree? yes. but also, no. I agree that in a sense life should come before art, but if you live your life with a desire for adventure and truth I think it naturally becomes something that is art. Its a question of motivation, in my mind, not actual action. Did she date the guy and move to Costa Rica in order to further her writing career- or because she genuinely cared for him and wanted that adventure? I think a life lived well is a thing of beauty, and humor and drama, right?
those are my thoughts.

oline said...

i agree with them thoughts of yours.and i like your distinction between motivation and action. which is probably why we're platonic soulmates.

The Whiffer said...

I think when writers/actors/artists get hurt or disappointed there is some consolation in the fact they can possibly use it, because they deal in story. I've yet to meet a writer who has willingly positioned themselves to be hurt in order to produce work. Her article takes a strange turn, she spends most of it explaining why she fell for him, she took the risk for the possibility of happiness and continued love and the writing seemed to be a bonus. Then when it went to pieces she made it sound like she took this risk to produce good work. It sounds like she chose life and ended up with good fiction.

The Whiffer said...

for what its worth. I believe if you put yourself first then your art automatically becomes a priority, and both for me fall under the category 'life'.

oline said...

amen. and i like the point you make about the change mid-article. maybe as writers we sometimes like to justify our choices this way? and rather than admitting, "oh maybe that wasn't so wise a thing to have done in the first place," we say, "yeah, yeah, i did it for my art." at least that's how i imagine the conversation would go down somewhere in the world. as i've scripted it there it would undoubtedly have to involve a person in a coffee shop and wearing a beret.

The Whiffer said...

undoubtedly. 'somewhere in the world' indeed. can't imagine where with that scene location, costume design and your recent escapades :)
After I posted my last comment I had a momentary cringe as it re read as preachy, so even though I know your 'amen' was a lovely sign of agreement, I had to laugh all the same.

oline said...

ha! i'm sure i do not know what you mean. and we're artists. we're bound to be preachy now and again :)