“Any work of art, provide it springs from a sincere motivation to further understanding between people, is an act of faith and therefore is an act of love.”
Truman Capote: Conversations
Capote talks about "sincerity"?!
George, can you unload on the 'sincerity' point? Not challenging you or exalting Capote, just researching over here :)
My charge is not a scholarly one, just an impression based on little reading. "Answered Prayers" suggests he used his reputation to gain entry to people he wanted as "friends" so that he cld write abut them. That shows "insincerity." But isn't sincerity overrated?
I'm really just beginning my research on Capote, and I will make a point of looking up 'Answered Prayers.' He ended up an atheist, or so he says.
I actually prize sincerity. I see it not so much as a presence, but as an absence - an absence of deceit or it's variants. I equate willful deceit with malice.
Hitchens admits disguising his contempt for General Videla when they shook hands in 1977 in order to gain access. Perhaps he hid his revulsion to simply save his life.
Choosing not to reveal, knowingly let people believe something untrue are passive actions, or they are the absence of any action in my opinion.
It's a bit like the final Seinfeld episode and the Massachusetts law about 'criminal inaction,' isn't it?
Join Think Atheist
Welcome toThink Atheist
Get Started Nowor Sign In
Or sign in with:
Sunday School February 22th 2015
Sunday School February 15th 2015
Sunday School February 8th 2015
Started by CAPTAIN OBVIOUS in Religion and the Religious, Atheism and Atheists. Last reply by Ed 49 minutes ago.
Started by Belle Rose in Crime and Punishment. Last reply by Ed 58 minutes ago.
Started by Unseen in Politics, Economics, Civil and Reproductive Rights, International Conflicts. Last reply by Ed 1 hour ago.
Started by Unseen in Philosophy. Last reply by Gallup's Mirror 1 hour ago.
Started by John Jennings in Crime and Punishment. Last reply by Ed 1 hour ago.
April 13, 2015 all day – Anywhere that one might find a glass of Johnnie Walker Black
Posted by Mai on February 28, 2015 at 5:33am
Posted by Nerdy Keith on February 25, 2015 at 8:00pm
Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com
© 2015 Created by umar.
Report an Issue |
Terms of Service
Please check your browser settings or contact your system administrator.