A lot of good people have shared some brilliantly inspiring words about the role of the arts and artists in society. These are just a couple:
“As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this.” ––Paul Robeson, performing artist and human rights advocate (from A Paul Robeson Research Guide compiled by Lenwood G. Davis)
“The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind.” –– Marina Abramovic, performance artist (from The Economist interview, Sept 15, 2010)
Each of the above statements applies well enough to my own convictions as a creative thinker and very precisely to the newest installment of genesis pages for the Guerrilla Decontextualization project. It is titled Abbreviated Mind Syndrome, and yes, it does encourage readers to wade into some fairly deep waters of reflective considerations.
But hey, when it comes to living a life devoted to constructing organic meaning and functional perspective out of language, there are few roles to which committed wordsmiths do not give themselves. That of the poet, social critic, fictionist, essayist, playwright, historian, journalist, and lecturer may all at some point place a hat of responsibility upon our pensive brows. For me, the launch of the Guerrilla Decontextualization initiative in 2012 served as an introduction to territories occupied by linguists, philosophers, and social critics. I make no claims to possessing the finely-honed tools which the more outstanding names in these fields have mastered. What I do possess are the restless curiosities they inspired and a lifelong interactive relationship with literature.
Contemporary award-winning American author of classically-styled works in history, poetry, creative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and journalism.