Monday, May 30, 2011

"Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art." — Oscar Wilde

Illustration: Michael Hale, Folded Sky Productions Ltd.

"[...] Given the universal compulsion to tell stories, art is the best way to refine and enjoy the particularly outlandish or insightful ones. But that is not the whole story. The key way in which artistic 'lies' differ from normal lies, and from the 'honest lying' of chronic confabulators, is that they have a meaning and resonance beyond their creator. The liar lies on behalf of himself; the artist tell lies on behalf of everyone. [...]"
— Ian Leslie, author of Born Liars: Why We Can’t Live Without Deceit (Quercus)

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