Quixotic Good

Pursuing Soaring Pinnacles of harmless eccentricity

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tomato-greens From “Why Men Fight” by Bertrand Russell. It’s a succinct summary of a thing I’ve tried to express in roundabout ways in conversations we’ve had.

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penamerican:

 What is the responsibility of the writer? The artist? Is it the same?

Be honest and brave and try to make the world a bit more beautiful, which is in no way the same as making it more pretty (though that is also nice). But these are really human responsibilities.
Where is the line between observation and surveillance?
Power.
Obsessions are influences—what are yours?
Showgirls, journalists, sex workers, uppers, nightclubs, guttersnipes in palaces.
Check out more provocative questions and responses in the PEN Ten with Molly Crabapple, named “Occupy’s greatest artist” by Rolling Stone in 2013.
Crabapple has generously donated several works to benefit our vital work, which you can bid on here for a limited time.

I REPEAT: HOW IS MOLLY CRABAPPLE EVEN REAL

penamerican:

 What is the responsibility of the writer? The artist? Is it the same?

Be honest and brave and try to make the world a bit more beautiful, which is in no way the same as making it more pretty (though that is also nice). But these are really human responsibilities.

Where is the line between observation and surveillance?

Power.

Obsessions are influenceswhat are yours?

Showgirls, journalists, sex workers, uppers, nightclubs, guttersnipes in palaces.

Check out more provocative questions and responses in the PEN Ten with Molly Crabapple, named “Occupy’s greatest artist” by Rolling Stone in 2013.

Crabapple has generously donated several works to benefit our vital work, which you can bid on here for a limited time.

I REPEAT: HOW IS MOLLY CRABAPPLE EVEN REAL