“The artist maybe doesn’t have the prerogative to describe what art is.”
Joyce Carol Oates
as heard on City Arts & Lectures broadcast on KQED Radio online stream, March 10, 2013.
I had big plans for today – especially when I didn’t get as much done yesterday as I’d planned.
But I keep getting pushed to switch tracks and nearly completely derailed.
This was a lecture I wanted to attend in person but a combination of lack of time, lack of funds, and feeling of inadequacy from not having actually read much of her works kept me from getting tickets. But I didn’t want to miss the radio broadcast because they are not available later.
Do you get that? The lecture was only 1 moment in time and the broadcast – usually in 2-3 times in 1 weeks – are NOT available podcast or archived later. They are only available streaming at those particular times… and then it’s gone.
So knowing that I’d likely forget during the week, I knew that I had to listen now or risk never hearing the interview.
Oates’ intelligence is amazing. Her grasp of not just her craft but that of art in-general and of humans – or better said, of humanity – is beyond inspirational and frightening. And I can only imagine what was edited out from the radio broadcast, as the live lectures are not confined to only 60 minutes.
I just wish I had the skill to commit every syllable of her interview to memory.
If you aren’t listening to the stream now, you have 2 more chances this week to catch it before it’s gone into the ether.