Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Art and the Man
Does that mean I'll stop listening to him? No. His music elevates and inspires me. It's proud and beautiful, strong and sad, and has the perfect synthesis of words and music.
For me, art must be divorced from the man or woman who created it. In some types of art - popular music, for example - this is not possible. The artist is the art, sometimes. But as long as the art of an offensive person is not suffused with what offends me, I think it's O.K. to appreciate that artist's work.
Paying for it, and by extension helping to fund their offensive agendas, is a different ethical conundrum entirely. Wagner, at least, is dead, so I don't have that problem.
As for Orson Scott Card, well...that's another story.