Sunday, March 22, 2009

Re Wagner

From What Did The Think of the Jews? by Allan Gould

I was saddened by the ugly anti-Jewish references in T.S. Eliot and Hemingway, ...but I was willing to forgive, if not forget; after all, ... if I refused to read the writings of everyone who had negative feelings toward Jews (or blacks, or gays, Catholics, and others), I would have a library so thin, I'd have to turn its few remaining books sideways to fill out the shelves. The do-gooder in me...longed to believe that one HAD to be a good person in order to create great Art, but I soon knew better; sexists have written great books; racists have painted great pictures; anti-Semites have built wonderful buildings, even impressive civilizations. C'est la vie.

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