The Artist as Activist

May 1, 2017 | 1

“No one was more grimly adamant that the world was in mortal peril, or had more fun trying to save it from itself.” Over at The New Yorker‘s Page Turner blog, Alexandra Schwartz considers the life and work of Grace Paley, noting that Paley’s slim output “is a great shame, if not so surprising. Activism, like alcoholism, can distract a writer from the demands of her desk.” Also of note: this tribute to Paley that our own Garth Risk Hallberg wrote upon her death in 2007.

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One comment:

  1. The first time I ever saw and met Grace Paley was when she was an anti-war, anti-nuke speaker at a rally in New York in the early 1970s. I just assumed she was basically an activist. It was very weird only about a year later when she gave a reading of her short stories at my college campus and realized that I’d read her story in the American Review years before and that she was also a well-known writer whom my teachers praised and whose books I would read over and over again.

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