Monthly Archives: March 2012

On Art, and Why Writing?

Writing is an art. Fiction is art. Here are a few thoughts (hopefully intelligible) on art.

First of all, what is art? 

There’s a lot of controversy over the question of what constitutes art, especially in the world of video gaming. Many gamers and developers of games want to see their hobby/product compared favorably to paintings, music, written fiction, or poetry, but certain critics deny the comparison. This is also something I’ve come into contact with in the literary world. I’ve heard it said that genre fiction isn’t art, or that it’s some kind of “low” art. But what does that mean, and why would it be the case?

There is no authoritative definition of the term art. British romantics thought that art was inspired by a divine spark, something sublime that was meant to elevate the viewer beyond the realm of the ordinary, and enhance their perception of God’s creation.

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Clarification on the Purpose of this Blog, and My Goals and Intentions

Weighty title, no? Not very sleek, but it gets the job done.

This post is about illuminating the purpose of my blog, and outlining what I plan to achieve with it what the title says!

The Purpose:

To begin with, what is this blog about? Well, it’s a literary blog. I am a literary person. I love literature, books, reading, writing, and everything to do with the art of the written word. I am an English B.A., after all.

(Further clarification: in using the term “literature,” I don’t mean hoity-toity articles on literary theory, or exclusively “literary fiction.” I mean, loosely, anything to do with written texts, and more specifically, anything to do with written fiction.)

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