On Art in Times of Economic Crisis: Jeanette Winterson Speaks and We Do Not Fail To Listen!
In which The Gay Recluse microblogs.
Jeannette Winterson in The Times of London writes:
If you believe, as I do, that there is such a thing as a creative continuum common to everyone, it is not difficult to believe that everyone benefits from exposure to, and participation in, creative endeavour. Capitalism has doomed most people to meaningless jobs by day and passive consumer pleasures for the rest of the time. Creativity is about engagement, prompting us to reconfigure what it means – and what it costs – to be content.
I have been reading Sheila Rowbotham’s truly wonderful biography of Edward Carpenter, an early socialist pioneer, who in the 1880s gave up his smart life at Cambridge and built a modest house and market garden outside Sheffield, where he put into practice ideas about living simply and sustainably…Carpenter was homosexual.*
*Like Henry David Thoreau, obvs!
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