May 31, 2014

Nick Laird - "All writing is political"

Sketch of George Orwell by Ralph Steadman
George Orwell said:
"The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude."
He also said:
"In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia."
Northern Irish writer Nick Laird said:
"I think all writing is political. All writing shows a preoccupation with something, whatever that thing might be, and by putting pen to paper you are establishing a hierarchy of some sort—this emotion over that emotion, this memory over that memory, this thought over another. And isn’t that process of establishing a hierarchy on the page a kind of political act?"

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