Friday, June 06, 2008


People of Culture

As I'm finishing my rough draft translation of Hanns Heinz Ewers biography Egar Allan Poe many thoughts spring into my mind. First, I'm realizing that I've moved into a world of fine literature that I never really knew existed. Where is all the fine art being created today? Where are the people of culture?

Is it true that the average reader has only a fourth grade reading level and no interest in fine literature? I was appalled at a local community art festival where a rough board on a stake with "Don't shit on the grass" brought more money than finely crafted pencil sketches. Is the demand for "straw" that much stronger than the demand for true art?

I'm reminded of Jesus when he said, "Don't cast pearls before swine". This project has really made me stop and think about the audience I am trying to reach with my own writing projects.

Hanns Heinz Ewers said there is a Nation of Culture that is beyond national, racial or ethnic boundaries. I'm shifting the focus of my own writing to reach "people of culture", members of this higher nation. It is the only goal worthy of my efforts.

Frankly I'm also sick and tired of putting out creative expressions in the hopes of a kind word or pat on the back from people that are not capable of understanding in the first place. Does this make me an elitist? Perhaps it does. Perhaps it needs to be.

bright blessings

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