Thursday, August 27, 2009

Quote of the Day: Jeanette Winterson

      "Autobiography is not important. Authenticity is important. The writer must fire herself through the text, be the molten stuff that wields together disparate elements. I believe there is always exposure, vulnerability, in the writing process, which is not to say it is either confessional or memoir. Simply, it is real.
      "Right now, human beings as a mass, have a gruesome appetite for what they call ‘real’, whether it’s Reality TV or the kind of plodding fiction that only works as low-grade documentary, or at the better end, factual programs and biographies and ‘true life’ accounts that occupy the space where imagination used to sit.
      "Such a phenomenon points to a terror of the inner life, of the sublime, of the poetic, of the non-material, of the contemplative."

– Jeanette Winterson, The Weight

2 comments:

Cauleen said...

That quote from Jeanette Winterson summarizes just about every reason that I make the images I make. And also seems to articulate the reason those images have so little utility in contemporary visual culture. Thanks for the post Ernest.

ReggieH said...

I adore Winterson, and am always hot to read her latest work.