25 July 2008

Taking a deep breath

This article made me grit my teeth and (at least) inspired me to repost this Flannery O'Connor quotation (and make part of it bold while I'm at it):
There are those who maintain that you can't demand anything of the reader. They say the reader knows nothing about art, and that if you are going to reach him, you have to be humble enough to descend to his level. This supposes that the aim of art is to teach, which it is not, or that to create anything which is simply a good-in-itself is a waste of time. Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it. We hear a great deal about humility being required to lower oneself, but it requires an equal humility and a real love of the truth to raise oneself and by hard labor to acquire higher standards.
(via The Literary Saloon)

3 comments:

Dorothy W. said...

Wonderful response to a very annoying article.

amcorrea said...

Thanks! I was in the middle of thinking up a raving, barely coherent screed...and then I remembered Flannery. (Thank God.)

Sylvia said...

That article disgusted me too. Go Flannery!