Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Purpose of a Writer

     Albert Camus, a linchpin of the Existentialist movement and author of -- among other things -- The Stranger, said
"the purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."
     Artists in general can show us ourselves, our culture, our society in revelatory ways.  Writers tend to work in a medium that requires more of the audience than other art forms; more time, more consideration, more reflection.  I certainly believe in the potential of the writer to do these things, even the obligation.  With such a vast expansion of media and forums for expression since Camus's era, I wonder though just what affect that has had on the purpose of the writer.  

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