I was reading “Ayn Rand Answers, the Best of her Q&A” when I came upon an interesting quote. When asked ‘what is art?’, she responded with this:
“Art is the re-creation of reality according to one’s values. By ‘re-creation’ I mean neither copying reality nor creation in a mystical sense. I don’t mean going contrary to reality or indulging in fantasies. I mean (paraphrasing Aristotle) creation what could be and ought to be.”
I find that an interesting view although I don’t agree with it. I don’t think that Stephen King’s works indicate that he thinks Maine should be populated with monstrous rabid St. Bernards or classic cars that murder people on their own. I do agree that his character interactions represent his worldview.
I do think you can learn a lot about people simply by looking at the artwork they produce and/or admire. This is why I don’t like the Young and the Restless, because Victor Newman never watches football or even sits down to eat a plate of nachos. I like pool, football, boxing, kung-fu movies, Family Guy, and all the science and history of religion stuff on the smart channels. People who like different stuff than me are just wrong. Stop being so self-absorbed and start liking the stuff I like. Oh yeah my biggest fear is a midget with a crossbow. Why? Because why not! That is all.