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I just finished Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story Of Hope, Change, and Courage, by Tori Amos this morning. Tori Amos is probably my favourite Western artist and while I’m increasingly of the mind that memoirs aren’t my gig, this is certainly one that I can get behind. While I’ll probably do a proper review next week, I did want to make a quick note of something I read towards the end of the book that I found to be quite radical, and kinda cool:
People who are addicted to power can live on the same street or attend the same school as us or even play on the world stage. They can weaponise the thought of being creatively in order to debilitate the artist. They target artists specifically because they know that artists have the ability to reach the public in ways no one else can…So when the propaganda spreads about ‘writer’s block’ or ‘an artistically barren portion of time’, especially when it comes to women, this poisonous propaganda gets magnified. – Resistance:A Songwriter’s Story Of Hope, Change, and Courage, p.251 (Hodder & Stoughton)
I found this to be an epic take on the idea of writer’s block. Amos argues that creatives have infinite access to creative energy from the universe and that the concept of a block comes about as a result of indirectly censoring artists. I’d never thought of it that way. I’m not sure that when she says ‘debilitate the artist’ she means that writer’s block is a false idea created to debilitate creatives in general or a campaign against a specific artists in order to censor them. It probably works in both of those ways. I’m very inspired. As if I needed a reason to love her more.
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