Wednesday, November 05, 2008

On the subject of "Writing"

The complete piece of the excerpts below [found here] on OpEd News



1 - Sheer egoism. Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on the grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc., etc. It is humbug to pretend this is not a motive, and a strong one.

2 - Aesthetic enthusiasm. Perception of beauty in the external world, or, on the other hand, in words and their right arrangement. Pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story.

3 - Historical impulse. Desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity.

4 - Political purpose – using the word “political” in the widest possible sense. Desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other peoples’ idea of the kind of society that they should strive after. Once again, no book is genuinely free from political bias. The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude.



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[click here] for my latest writing submission to OpEd News, called, "The Death of Shame in America"

I talk about prosecuting George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, and others for murder conspiracies, defrauding taxpayers, and general lawlessness. I also discuss the American right to justice, hoping the Private Attorney General bill, sponsored by Congressman Keith Ellison, bolstering Grand Juries, will be passed into law early next year in Washington, DC.

stevengerickson@yahoo.com

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