Art and Personality

People are throwing away JK Rowling’s books because she said something they don’t like about women being women and men being men.

If I had to throw away the books by every author whose opinions differ from mine in some way, I’d end up throwing away my whole library. Including the books I wrote myself because my opinions have evolved throughout my life.

It’s absolutely beyond me why people’s enjoyment of works of art hinges on their approval for their author. If Ilhan Omar – whom I find contemptible as a human being and a disgrace as a politician – wrote talented novels, I’d buy them all and write glowing reviews while still despising her character and politics.

It’s really narcissistic in a creepy way to think that an artist’s talent only exists for as long as she completely coincides with me in all of her beliefs.

11 thoughts on “Art and Personality”

  1. Those people are like the broke version of the celebrities who said they’d move to Canada if Trump won the election. In the end, Trump won and no one went anywhere – probably like those Harry Potter books.

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  2. Have you seen this Tucker’s segment in which he compares teens publicly denouncing their unwoke parents (and then becoming social media stars) to Pavlik Morozov:

    Tucker: The Cultural Revolution has come to America

    Of course, those teens must have quite a horrible relationship with their parents to begin with, but a large number of ‘woke’ people seems not to get this.

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    1. It’s a great segment but what people often forget about teenagers is that it isn’t them screaming “I hate you!” and banging the door to their room. It’s the hormonal storm inside them. If a diabetic has a hypoglycemic episode and starts freaking out and screaming at you, would you get upset? No, because it’s the blood sugar levels screaming, not the person. I once had an episode at a grocery store, and it definitely wasn’t me acting out in that situation.

      It’s a completely physiological process. Americans take it so seriously because the cultural understanding of physiology is extraordinarily messed up.

      It’s very important for a parent in this situation not to go into a narcissistic fugue and not make it about him or herself. Because it’s not.

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      1. // It’s very important for a parent in this situation not to go into a narcissistic fugue and not make it about him or herself. Because it’s not.

        I thought you would say those parents have utterly failed as parents, if their kids upload such videos, no?

        Surely, you won’t expect any children in your family to behave thus.

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        1. When I was raising a teenager, we did go through the “I hate you! You spoiled my whole life! You are horrible! I don’t want to be like you!” stage. She’s now 37, extremely successful, and we are incredibly close. I believe myself to be extraordinarily successful as a parent to a teenager and it’s precisely because I knew not to take these outbursts as anything other than physiology.

          That girl is Tucker’s episode, that’s how teenagers feel ALL THE TIME. Many can’t verbalize it or exhibit it openly but that’s how a teenager feels 24/7.

          [For new readers: I’m talking about my sister who came to live with me as a teenager and I was the de facto parent for her].

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          1. The best advice I can give to parents of teenagers is: be completely calm, don’t take anything personally, don’t talk too much or ask many questions, breathe very deep, do not criticize or nag, be completely calm, be completely supportive in a silent way, and stay completely calm, damnit! And you’ll be fine.

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          2. // That girl is Tucker’s episode, that’s how teenagers feel ALL THE TIME. Many can’t verbalize it or exhibit it openly but that’s how a teenager feels 24/7.

            I haven’t been like that, and my mother says she hasn’t either in her teen years. My brother had it more than us, according to her. May be, it depends both on a physiology of a particular teen and on their home environment.

            Had a frightening thought whether teens’ hormonal storms may not be used in the future as a weapon against their parents, as a proof of parents’ ‘racism’ or ‘transphobia’ or something else. Imagine a teen uploading a video and making their parents lose jobs as a result.

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  3. It’s not exactly new. I remember reading The Education of Little Tree many years ago, enjoying it, and idly wondering if Carter had written any other books. A quick search brought up… a zillion articles condemning the author, demanding his book be removed from libraries, etc. None of them even talked about the story. It was the first time I’d encountered that, and I remember thinking “Wait, haven’t writers and artists always had a reputation for being awful people? Now suddenly we can only read stuff by nice, virtuous people? The library stacks would be awfully small… ”

    And of course, if I could read only people who agreed with me 100%, what would be the point of reading? It’d be so boring.

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  4. Apparently books are going the way of the news… That have already for some time existed to confirm consumer’s pre-existing biases, not to provide some new information to think about. Regrettably, this is the problem with both left and right.

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