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· What I Believe (But You Don't Have To)

· A Cupboardful of Shoes, and Other Stories

· Sardinian Silver (Chapters One and Two)

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· The Comedy of Doctor Foster (Part One))

· Story Collection query letter

· Bethlehem (a Christmas story, revised version)

· Bethlehem (a Christmas story, original version)

· The Comedy of Doctor Foster (Part two)

· The Comedy of Doctor Foster (Part One)

· Geisterbahnhöfe (Translation of Ghost Stations)

· Ghost Stations

· A Pregnant Woman with Parcels at Brock and Bagot

· Queen's Grill Bar

· Bulgakov and the question of greatness: Russian text

· Revised What I Believe (Part 7 of 7)

· Revised What I Believe (Part 6 of 7)

· Revised What I Believe (Part 5 of 7)

· Revised What I Believe (Part 4 of 7)

· Revised What I Believe (Part 3 of 7)

· Revised What I Believe (Part 2 of 7)

· Revised What I Believe (Part 1 of 7)

· M. A. Bulgakov and the question of Greatness

· Rewriting St. John

· New book, A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

· New book, A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

· New book A Cupboardful of Shoes, to be published.

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More on what I want to write about
4/14/2009 11:12:40 AM

In everything I write I want to create works above all that relate to the general meaning and purpose of life. I wouldn’t necessarily claim to be successful in this, but at least that is my basic impulse. Beyond that, the central conflict that lies behind most of my work is what Colin Wilson deals with in The Outsider: the artist who stands apart from society and rebels against it. It was Leo Tolstoy who wrote one of the most perceptive one-liners in all of literature: “Ivan Ilych’s life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible” (my emphasis, although the word itself is present only in the English translation and not in Russian). Such indeed is the fate of many: to start with great ideas, ambition, wanting success (not necessarily material) and yet ending up finding they are completely unexceptional.

This can often take the form of the conflict between an exciting but necessarily insecure life and a humdrum, boring but safe one. Those that have the one seem often to desire the other: “pining for what is not.” Most of us have the relatively safe life, and yet our heroes tend to have the other: the film stars, pop stars, sports personalities: all those who are exceptional and glamorous. Is not the fascination of the crime shows we see on television occasioned by a secret desire for the excitement of those who don’t conform to society’s restrictions?

In my own case, I have always been an outwardly respectable, upstanding citizen, but I inwardly rebel against this image, being attracted instead to the “bohemian” type of life to which, alas, I’m temperamentally unsuited. As I suggested in Sardinian Silver, this is:
“The lot, no doubt, of much of humanity, tied to a particular brand of convention—a thought that repels and terrifies me, the more so since I too would later become tied to a convention that I loathe. Rather the beer-swilling debauchees every time (even if, alas, I’m too fastidious to be one myself) than the coercive, terrible respectability of ordinary people, who assure you that maturity and conformity are identical and confuse religion with being ‘nice, good people like us.’”

Someone (I can no longer remember whom) said that “art is for the wicked”—wicked here meaning, as I understand it, those who reject or challenge accepted ideas. Great art has always has the purpose of challenging its own society, and indeed some artists have become great largely because of their good fortune in being born into a society with whose views they profoundly disagreed. This is certainly true of Soviet Literature, where the best works were created by outsiders like Bulgakov and Pasternak, who had no sympathy whatsoever with the accepted norms of communism—and indeed, when it then became possible in Russia to write about anything at all, there was a real problem with nothing to write about. In our own society, producing art that challenges often conflicts with the idea of being an ordinary, decent member of it, or of holding to a Christian ideal. One of my main criticisms of Christians is that, nice as many of them are, they are just so plain boring. For me it is the artists, the rebels, who provide much of life’s colour. I don’t mean that I disagree with all of Christianity’s ideals, for I have no desire to kill or steal, or generally to indulge in criminality. Simply, I find something repugnant in the idea of consciously “being good”; I dislike and fear “being ordinary.”

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More Blogs by A. Colin Wright
• Who am I? Who are You? - Wednesday, August 17, 2011
• Sardinia Then and Now - Wednesday, August 17, 2011
• Love Travel? Do it at Someone Else's Expense - Wednesday, August 17, 2011
• What I believe - Thursday, March 03, 2011
• Return from New Zealand - Monday, January 31, 2011
• Allbooks Review Editor's Choice for Sardinian Silver - Sunday, January 02, 2011
• New article on Mikhail Bulgakov - Monday, October 25, 2010
• Rewriting St. John - Wednesday, October 20, 2010
• Mikhail Bulgakov and the Question of Greatness: a Reassessment - Tuesday, September 07, 2010
• literature & Fiction Interviews Volume II - Tuesday, September 07, 2010
• Article soon on the Oberammergau Passion Play - Sunday, June 06, 2010
• Faith, belief and knowledge - Wednesday, March 03, 2010
• Few places to list plays/screenplays - Friday, February 19, 2010
• Generally a difficult time - Friday, January 01, 2010
• Bethlehem (a Christmas story, in two versions) and other stories - Friday, December 18, 2009
• 85 ; 15 - Monday, December 07, 2009
• Time versus Eternity - Wednesday, December 02, 2009
• Hoping to put on more articles - Wednesday, November 11, 2009
• Return from East Africa - Friday, October 09, 2009
• Blogs or articles? And I'm going on holiday. - Monday, September 14, 2009
• More readers' comments invited! - Friday, August 28, 2009
• Chance or Fate? - Tuesday, July 21, 2009
• On Michael Jackson, Celebrities, and becoming Famous - Tuesday, July 14, 2009
• More on what I believe - Wednesday, June 24, 2009
• Writing and what I believe in life - Friday, May 29, 2009
• Likes and Dislikes in Reading - Tuesday, May 19, 2009
• What you can do to help - Tuesday, May 12, 2009
• What happens next? - Sunday, May 03, 2009
• How Sardinian SIlver and other things came to be written. - Tuesday, April 28, 2009
•  More on what I want to write about - Tuesday, April 14, 2009  

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