I had not really thought about the writing world in terms like this, but this really rings true to me.
We’ve recently celebrated the establishment of the United States of America, the haven of my immigrant ancestors (some of whom lived long enough for me to know them).
Many immigrants to the USA fled the “old country” in search of the opportunity for freedom of expression. Art is the self-actualized level of expression. As Artists, writers must stand up for what they believe, and not apologize for their preferences in mode of communication.
One testament to the true nature of Writing as an Art (not a Craft), is the existence within its ranks of a fifth column, called the avant-garde. This group advocates artistic Darwinism: whatever is newest is deemed to be the best, because it’s presumed to have been built upon the ruins of discarded forms and outmoded beliefs.
Such a disdain for tradition is not found among the producers…
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