[ilds] Gifford's "Late Modernism's Migrations"

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Tue May 5 14:04:14 PDT 2015


Bruce,

I think that both Miller and Durrell were fairly explicit about art 
being a consolation for living fully and happily -- their view being 
that a happy person would not need the consolations of art...

I'm not sure if I fully buy into the notion, but it does make sense for 
their own practices.

On 2015-05-05 9:11 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
> Sumantra, I don’t think Durrell was a happy man, neither with himself
> nor with his world.  He was looking for a way to transcend both, and his
> “art” provided him with such a vehicle.  It gave him access to the
> “kingdom of the imagination.”  Compare that with the New Testament’s
> “king of heaven.”  Durrell’s mythical “Tibet” was another such place.
>   Once he had access to that realm, he no longer needed “art.”  It
> became “unnecessary.”  Or so he imagined.  This is just my opinion, of
> course.
>
> Bruce
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>> On May 4, 2015, at 9:10 PM, Sumantra Nag <sumantranag at gmail.com
>> <mailto:sumantranag at gmail.com>> wrote:
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>> Most interesting discussion on the generational change in the space
>> occupied by art - if I may try to put it in such a small nutshell.
>>
>> I have often thought about the following lines from Lawrence Durrell's
>> poem Conon in Alexandria:
>>
>> . . . .
>> Of a man 'engaged in bitterly waiting
>> For the day when art should become unnecessary',
>> . . . .
>>
>> Does art indeed become unnecessary in a certain environment or does it
>> merely take a form which is not recognised as art by an older generation?
>>
>> Has this perception of art - in a familiar form - fading into
>> irrelevance not arisen during times of transforming social changes in
>> human history?
>>
>> Sumantra
>>
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