Stuff I’m reading [click through to the links for context]:
I’m reading girlejones at mynxii’s place:
The arts are the mechanism through which individuals of society express themselves, commentate and protest. It’s what gives individuals a voice and it’s a way for disparate groups of people to interact, engage, find one another and have dialogue. Giving voice to more than just one group seems like something more than a minor issue to me. If women’s stories and songs and voices are not important, then what does the rest of it matter?
And I’m reading cupidsbow [warning, Torchwood: Children of Earth spoilers]:
The more I learn about story, the more I think it’s the primary powerhouse of culture, and that it matters in ways that impact everything else. And to me, that means that art can (and possibly should) be playful, but it also means there’s no get-out-of-ethics-free card.
and I’m reading paecus at a related cupidsbow thread [warning, Torchwood: Children of Earth spoilers]:
I’ve had a similar (maybe even exactly the same) image of the role of the writer as an artist: a lonely genius, an original text. It was quite a shock, actually, to learn that everything’s connected and that texts don’t just appear but that they’re influenced by everything surrounding the writer. And "original" doesn’t quite mean what I thought it did.
I’m spoon-low, so this is a discussion prompt post. Anyone want to talk about story and song?