May 12th, 2007

breaking bad

Sympathy with the Devil

Guy Hasson argues that good storytelling requires a liberal/humanist perspective, which is why there are few examples of good or even best-selling right wing novels (but lots of right wing non-fiction - check Amazon); conversely (he argues) to the extent to which the writer objectifies any of his characters as inferior and less than human his writing suffers.

Obviously there have been brilliant writers who have a right-wing politics: Mishima for instance, or Lampedusa, even Jane Austen (to some extent). I think Neal Stephenson's first few books transcend his right wing beliefs, though they do fall into the trap of objectifying some characters into puppets. You could argue, though, that to the extent that they come into their art they transcend their frame and become 'liberal'.
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