CMU School of Drama

Monday, November 28, 2016

Art is not an escape — it’s our most powerful weapon against apathy The opening passage in Zadie Smith’s brilliant new novel, “Swing Time,” deals with two mysteries. First, the protagonist is wrestling with despair and distress from some public defeat and humiliation, unknown to the reader. Acting as an invitation, the assumption is that should the reader continue reading, eventually the details of whatever scandal has harmed her reputation will emerge. The second mystery is one of beauty, and forever insolvable. It is mystery of the power of art.

1 comment:

Katie Pyne said...

When I chose this article to comment on, I never thought I would be commenting on Metallica's latest release, but alas here we are. What really struck me about this article is the writing. The author weaves together themes from different musical artists, tying in why we feel so lonely about this election in a way I haven't heard before. But what really struck me about this article was the title. I think it encapsulates what I've been looking to say about this election and where art plays into the midst of it all. Especially in a time where our nation is so divided, it can seem nearly impossible to reach out towards the other side and figure it all out. However, this is where art comes into play. Art connects people of all ages, races, religions, and creeds. It can be an escape, when you're experiencing it. But ultimately, it is a weapon against apathy. I feel bad for people who do not have an outlet to express themselves re: the terrors of our government, and welcome them to create art with me.