wilde james (mjn)

(posted by AG for MJN)

“It is not expected of the picture that it will make itself humble in order to be forgiven; and the analogy between the art of the painter and the art of the novelist is, so far as I am able to see, complete. Their inspiration is the same, their process (allowing for the different quality of the vehicle), is the same, their success is the same. They may learn from each other, they may explain and sustain each other. Their cause is the same, and he honour of one is the honour of another” James, Henry. Major Stories & Essays. New York: Library of America, 1999. Pg.378.

I’ve heard similar statements from musicians and music critics. The arts are interconnected according to James, but then again, the question of what art is in the first place is always somewhat dicier.

“Nothing is more evident than that Nature hates Mind. Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching.” Wilde, Oscar. “The Decay of Lying.” In Intentions. New York: Brentano?s, 1905. Pg. 5.

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