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Additions: July 7, 2000
So, there's this article in "SF Eye"
about Horror fiction. A guy "Amoral Responsibility"
presents his manifesto fairly by Peter Lamborn Wilson
persuasively, but really his point aka Hakim Bey
of view is pretty narrow. He's
fallen into a trap, and I'll be (I didn't realize
amazed if he can take this anywhere. this when I first
He's decided that "Fiction
should be moral". Everything
an author chooses to write is And from Hakim Bey's
a presentation of the way "Critique of the Listener" (1992):
things _should_ be.
"I share with the most
Using erotica as an reactionary moralists the
example, he takes the presumption that art can
side that everything really affect reality in
is fair game as long this way, & I despise the
as it's consensual and liberals who say all art
"loving". should be permitted
(An idea popular on only art."
So for instance, it's okay to
write about people playing
pretend rape in some kind of
bondage scene, but actual rape is
a no-no. Would it be okay to
write about two people who get There's also the
off together by reading each common argument (Tom Maddox
other stories about rape? that art must took this line
be amoral, on usenet a
How many levels because didactic few years back)
of indirection fiction is
do you need, inevitably boring. DIDACTICS
becomes This *also* seems
palatable? too limited.
You can't say anything
I think Lamborn misses the meaningful without it
real evil of Horror: The having some moral dimension.
problem is not that it
lacks compassion, but that
it's inherently opposed to
And myself, I'm more inclined to argue
that morality must be fictional.
It arises from the same
DESPERATE aesthetic principle that
fiction comes out of.
It must live up to the
Morality same dramatic standards
should be... that fiction should
The "should" as fiction live up to.
appears to should be?
This all must
But I agree that
the doctrine of (A thesis perhaps only slightly
escapism may different from Lamborn?)
well be harmful.
No, not that slight.
Stories are relieved The flip side Lamborn argues that
from any duty to is the notion fiction must be
live up to the real, that there are moral, I argue that
and are deprived no positive it must be real.
from any sense of outcomes in
importance, any life, there is
feeling that the no need to
outcome matters, struggle, no
any feeling that reason to try
there's a point in and live up to
paying attention. an ideal. Art and reality
should never be
"Hey, it's only "Hey, you've got
a movie." to be realistic."
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