This post from the author of this blog really spoke to me today…especially these words :
In my new commitment to authentic living, I am faced with leaving the old ways of being behind. Charming people will only get you so far. Sometimes being real, I mean busting yourself wide open to the point of being naked, is the key to setting yourself — and that other person — free.
Letting go of old behavioral patterns would scare the pants off of anyone. They were so carefully crafted, woven like a safety net that we thought would catch us when we fall. In truth, all it does is ensnare us further, keeping us from where we are meant to go.
Somehow I think I knew this….
What this article reiterates to me is that it will always be the job/vocation/duty/calling of the artist to create and it will always be the job/duty/vocation/calling of the critics, “the explainers” as Hemingway called them, to debate and argue the value of the artists’ work, regardless of whether it has been valued and/or accepted by the society/ culture in which it was created or not. What I say to myself and to other artists is to create away, find your audience and let the critics figure out the rest.
What is the eternal lure of Gatsby you ask ? Quite simply, its his penchant for dreaming of a better place than the one he is living in. And that is something we can all relate to as Americans and as human beings, especially now in these tough post 9-11 days we are living in.