Gina Frangello on the conflict between writing and parenting

Gino Frangello on why writing seems to be in conflict with parenting:
“Because the point of art is to unsettle, to question, to disturb what is comfortable and safe. And that shouldn’t be anyone’s goal as a parent.”    
“I recalled an interview I read with one of my first writing teachers, Deborah Eisenberg, in which she says, ‘Art itself is inherently subversive. It’s destabilizing. It undermines, rather than reinforces, what you already know and what you already think.’ Oscar Wilde said it is the most intense mode of individualism the world has ever known. Hippocrates tells us ‘Art is a revolt.’
People make art, in other words, for exactly the opposite reason they make families.”
source: Kim Brooks


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