Writing radical, seditious stuff

When is art crime?

I was in the middle of writing a story when I realized that it might be controversial, even seditious.

I am not sure what passes for art and fiction, and what would be considered deliberately provocative.

I wonder where the boundaries lie. Because the right side of the brain, the creative side, is not limited by rules, expectations, or bothersome criteria like right or wrong. It is merely interested in blowing fuses, creating short circuits, and bringing into being something that did not exist before.

I’m sure it is okay to write stuff that offend religious or any other sensitive notions, as long as they remain parts of my daily writing exercises, safe within my notebook.

But then, keeping creativity in shackles is only going to be counter-productive. A lot of work which is radical in one age is tame in the next.

Balance is the key, perhaps.

Whereas the right side of the brain may not be allowed to create a Frankenstein, (Was the right brain used to create Frankenstein? Think not.) it also needs to have enough freedom to speak of those things which are not easily spoken.


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  1. DarcKnyt

    Interesting thoughts, Damyanti. Most artists who want the attention won’t hesitate to destroy those sensitivities and capitalize on the furor it creates.

    More thoughtful people might consider the impact it would have on the unsuspecting.

    Very intriguing ideas.


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