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Oct. 4th, 2008 | 06:38 pm
music: Walk Now... - Orbital (Orbital 2)

“The notion that a novel needs a moral or a message is a bourgeois concept. In the days of the aristocracy it was recognized that art did not need to instruct or elevate; it could be a success by merely entertaining. One should never look down on entertainment; Mozart string quartets do not instruct—show me a moral or message in, say, the late Beethoven. Music is pure; literature can be, too; it becomes more pure as it drops its intention of improving and instructing the audience. The writer is not a bit superior in morals than his audience anyway—and frequently he’s inferior to them. What moral can he really teach them? What he has to offer is his ideas.”
— Philip K. Dick in “The Double: Bill Symposium”: Replies to “A Questionnaire for Professional SF Writers and Editors” (1969)
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from: limnrix
date: Oct. 5th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)

That is relevant to my interests. Thanks!

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from: dayleydose
date: Oct. 6th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)

brilliant

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