Saturday, May 1, 2010

Every Novel is a Species of Magic Trick

"Every kind of novel is a species of magic trick and a close relative of the con-game. As somebody said, art is lies that look like truth. A so-called 'realistic' Leonardo-style painting, or pre-modernist painting, is a two-dimensional object that almost convinces you it's three dimensional. It was only after modern art appeared that we could see how magical and weird that kind of 'realism' is. ... Where does fraud leave off and art or entertainment begin?"
—Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger II

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