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The Future of Fiction
by multiple authors

The Future of Fiction
by multiple authors

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Bad Times

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this was a good one: ruminations the nature of art and its relation to the current political climate (which hasn't really improved since 1996 tbh). prompted by a phone call from a journalist asking (paraphrasing) if her work was self-indulgent

Galloway, J. (1996). Bad Times. In ? The Future of Fiction. Dalkey Archive Press, pp. 39-43

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Now, if you think Art is fundamentally important to human beings--not as a notion but as a practical reality--the present anti-artistic (i.e., anti-humanist) thrust of the present party-political climate has to be worrying. Art is not decoration, or something pretty by someone dead. It's not escapism or entertainment. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with any of these things but they're not Art. Art is more even than ideas. Art is the exploration of ideas: an attempt, I think, to make sense of the experience of being human through a process of creative skepticism. This in turn means Art is best at work when it's being prickly, querulous, and hostile to complacency of thought. It is obvious how Art itself is a problem for the new right: too may questions do not sit well with the smug face of an apparently immovable government. [...]

—p.41 by Janice Galloway 1 year, 9 months ago

Now, if you think Art is fundamentally important to human beings--not as a notion but as a practical reality--the present anti-artistic (i.e., anti-humanist) thrust of the present party-political climate has to be worrying. Art is not decoration, or something pretty by someone dead. It's not escapism or entertainment. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with any of these things but they're not Art. Art is more even than ideas. Art is the exploration of ideas: an attempt, I think, to make sense of the experience of being human through a process of creative skepticism. This in turn means Art is best at work when it's being prickly, querulous, and hostile to complacency of thought. It is obvious how Art itself is a problem for the new right: too may questions do not sit well with the smug face of an apparently immovable government. [...]

—p.41 by Janice Galloway 1 year, 9 months ago

(adjective) of or relating to a prostitute; having the nature of prostitution / (adjective) tawdrily and falsely attractive / (adjective) superficially significant; pretentious

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a whole new generation who cannot remember alternatives to "marketplace" meretriciousness is coming to fruition, and that, surely, has an effect on how younger people view what Art (and people) are

this is depressing af

—p.42 by Janice Galloway
uncertain
1 year, 9 months ago

a whole new generation who cannot remember alternatives to "marketplace" meretriciousness is coming to fruition, and that, surely, has an effect on how younger people view what Art (and people) are

this is depressing af

—p.42 by Janice Galloway
uncertain
1 year, 9 months ago