It is of course precisely in such episodes of mental traveling that writers are known to do good work, sometimes even their best, solving formal problems, getting advice from Beyond, having hypnagogic adventures that with luck can be recovered later on. Idle dreaming is often of the essence of what we do. We sell our dreams.
- Central problem: modern artists have to fight against the public, media and critics for their authenticity.
- In 8 ½ Fellini needed an idea for a movie, he fought a much greater fight with himself about the meaning of life than just Birdman’s temptation to go down the easy lane to obtain money and fame. Reporter asking about Barthes is clearly Fellini’s critic he imagined hanging, yet today he gets only few seconds of screen time, he isn’t representing a point of view, not in our times.
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A. S. Byatt interview
…I think I write with the blood that goes to the ends of my fingers, and it is a very sensuous act.
The artist’s aim, we saw at the beginning of this book, is to turn his audience into his accomplices. Complicity does not exclude violence — but it must be based on a shared secret.