Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work
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Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press (September 19, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
"There are many possible interpretations of what it means
to create dangerously, and Albert Camus… suggests that it is creating as a
revolt against silence, creating when both the creation and the reception,
the writing and the reading, are dangerous undertakings, disobedience as a
Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously. This is always what I've thought it meant to be a writer. Writing, knowing in part that no matter how trivial your words may seem, someday, somewhere, someone may risk his or her life to read them.
Coming from where I come from, with the history I have—having spent the first twelve years of my life under both dictatorships of Papa Doc and his son, Jean-Claude—this is what I've always seen as the unifying principle among all writers.
-- Excerpted from Chapter One (pgs. 10-11)
Book Review by Kam Williams
In 1818, Victor Cousin, as a visiting lecturer at the Sorbonne in Paris,
coined the phrase "Art for art's sake," thus introducing the then novel
notion that art ought to be appreciated on its own merits, meaning simply
for its intrinsic beauty independent of serving any didactic function. This
philosophy caught fire, thereby ushering in a redefinition of the prevailing
point-of-view to the point where we generally expect that art be divorced
from worldly concerns.