Art is an imperfect catharsis

Author Nathan Bransford of How to Write a Novel and Jacob Wonderbar fame has been thinking about recent events many of us may want to forget. But if anything is worth remembering it’s this look into the arts, and artists, and our world of pain:

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by Nathan Bransford

My heart is incredibly heavy this week with the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, and the ongoing poisoning of our shared culture by people who see more to gain in distracting us with hate than in inspiring love.

This is a moment in history that seems designed to bring out the worst in all of us, rather than the best.

We need art more than ever, but art is not the potion we want it to be. It helps, but it doesn’t solve. It illuminates, but it doesn’t guide. It salves, but it doesn’t cure.

If you’re trying to transubstantiate pain into light: we need you now more than ever.

Bathing in these waters can bring down the hardiest of swimmers. If you need help, please get it. If you can’t think of anyone to reach out to, reach out to me….

Read it all at Nathan Bransford’s very helpful blog