If you’re okay with certain ambiguities and artistic licenses in historical depictions but not others, maybe take a look at which ones bother you. Why are some facts more acceptably malleable than others, and what value do you find in which bendings of the “truth”?
“[T]he denial of mythos is everywhere in our culture, and it can partially explain why so much of our approach to everything artistic, challenging, or mysterious seems reductive, dull, and unimaginative….”
I personally have found it very difficult to focus on anything creative in the past four years (and it only got worse in 2020). And I wasn’t alone…
I suspect these essays hit me hard because how we see and think about the world is changing rapidly and dramatically as everything pauses during the coronavirus pandemic…
“Hey, so you wanna go to the disneys tonight?”
We are in big trouble.
We are primed for storytelling, and story-listening, and — it seems — for stories told visually. Amazing.
This is the first argument against William Shakespeare as the playwright that seems convincing to me. And it’s not only plausible but deliciously radical.
I don’t expect the whiny manbabies to get it, but at this point, it won’t be for lack of trying.
This may be the best thing I have ever seen.