In the age of Trump, artists risk losing their way

During the Bosnian War, American author Susan Sontag travelled to Sarajevo to direct a production of Waiting for Godot.

“I was not under the illusion that going to Sarajevo to direct a play would make me useful in the way I could be if I were a doctor or a water systems engineer,” Sontag later wrote in The New York Review of Books.

But she hoped that her production, rehearsed by candlelight and performed to the background sounds of guns firing, would at least help people in that city under siege somehow make sense of the world crumbling around them.

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  • Millie_Woods

    There’s a lot of pain in the arts.

  • mauser 98
  • Hard Little Machine

    These people crave adulation. If I were in the White House I would announce a moratorium on all so called “Medals of Freedom” and all such awards to civilians in the arts and culture milieu. No more evening gala’s where luminaries like Spielberg and Oprah give each other awards. No more national showings of this artist or that. No more NEA. None of it. Just scratch it out.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    As long as there are rich suckers looking to shell out money that would help them feel “cool”, artists will be losing their way all the way to the bank.