What is your opinion on reading/enjoying books by problematic authors? Do you think people can separate the art from the artist or should people stop reading their books entirely? In some books, I've come across very problematic things and I'm not sure if I should stop reading or not. For example, I'm very interested in books on mental illnesses so I bought The Bell Jar. I really started liking it until I came across very racist things. I haven't picked it up since. What do you think?
We actually had a discussion about this on this post. Make sure you check out the notes. And by all means, please add to the discussion. It should be on-going.
Women in white reading outdoors. Wilhelm Amberg (German, 1822-1899).
Amberg was educated by the painters Carl Joseph Begas in Berlin and Léon Cogniet in Paris (1845). After this he spent a couple of years in Rome. His paintings are characterized by humour and a poetic atmosphere.
Longtime spy baron James Clapper became well-known during his stint as director of national intelligence for his profound scowl and sometimes-Zen-like terseness. Now, in his new memoir, Facts and Fears, Clapper tells why: It is the tale of how the world — at least from his perspective — fell apart. Clapper is going to be on All Things Considered tonight to discuss the book, but in the meantime, you can check out our coverage here.
“I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do.”—from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern