I mentioned the writer Plath in my last post.I came across this article… but it is unfair to label this problem as “The Sylvia Plath Effect” as most of the writers referred to lived before Plath.But women writers,are potential writers used to find it very hard to construct an identity which could include love,sex and family and also being a writer and an agent in one’s life rather than just a subject in someone else’s…. perhaps a husband’s/At one time women gave up on love and marriage and were able to be writers but it seems a pity.
Now,that may seem a privilege when most women inn the world struggle to survive.But writers and artists are not a luxury. We need them to express what we cannot; to venture into new parts of life.to express what is below the surface .Not that all art is of equal value.I myself would be very happy if Rr.Wagner had fallen of a horse and tacked his skull before he wrote “The Ring Cycle “and his other loaded musical works. Music is in any case not always of moral benefit/We are too familiar with the top Nazis loving Mozart not to be aware of the dangers of believing art is always a beneficial thing. Plato was very wary of it.
Nor do I naively believe that all that happens is the direct will of God/Even god would be irritated by
The Ride of the Valkyries” and other such inflaming nonsense.I feel it’s blasphemous to mention God at all but looking back at the 20 th century we see his face turned away.
I do believe that Plath’s suicide was a very bad thing because any such event seems to produce copycat suicides.. indeed Plath’s husband’s mistress also gassed herself and their child…a dreadful imitation.Tread carefully indeed when you imagine love is a simple and easy sweet there to be grabbed.Assia Wevill plotted to seduce Ted Hughes.
I am very much against planning or plotting to gratify one’s self at the expense of another and in fact she destroyed her own life compounding grief and woe.
I believe in our society it is accepted that women can use their gifts but not at the expense of their duties.Men are also affected by the need to work and support their families when perhaps they would like to imitate Gauguin…!
Do you think philosophy’s monotonous?
Prefer an elephant to a hippopotamus?
Do not feel sad
When joy can be had
From seeing which writes are dichotomous.
A plunesh bull in a kitch
Is your spelling far wurse than myne?
Are your thoughts far from sublyme?
Could Jacques Derrida spell?
Could Wittgenstein well?
Answering these questions will take up our tyme
Margaret Drabble when young
When I moved from books to Philosophy I was not expecting a lot of readers but I have had far more than I thought and so I have continued again after I thought I’d stop.So as I have thought before,people do like serious reading and thinking about thinking.
I shall try to put on more about books too.I am reading the latest Margaret Drabble this week,The pure gold baby.It seems very light reading after Heidegger and co.Which is nice..
I would like to discover an introduction to modern literary crticism as i find it hard to get into.I am unsure if it needs to be so difficult….
Reading the right type of novel
makes you better at understanding people.And that must be good.
Reading Fifty Shades
in not so useful and if you buy some whips and suchlike
you are increasing your expenditure.Be creative.DIY
Free fantasy for all.Start now.. well later on…
I looked at that book..I did not realise what it was.The first 3 pages seemed dull so I out it back on Waterstones
‘ table.I can’t write a novel so I shall write a limerick
LOVE YOUR KITTEN
There was an old lady
Whose love focussed on her cat’s kitten.
She gave it warm milk
Wrapped it in silk.
And now she is knitting four mittens.Is that literary?
LITERARY LIMERICK?A philosopher is a person who thinks
While she washes up at the sink.
She turns over her mind
And lets it unwind…..
She writes all her thoughts down in ink.
CAN YOU TELL LIES?
Some people can’t fantasise
I wonder if they can’t tell lies?
Reveries suits me…
I daydream at tea.
Maybe my best friends are spies?
Filed under advice, books
This is a very good blog
to have a look at at the weekend
for any aspiring writer