Honesty, Elegance, & the Ragged Edge
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This essay discusses the nature of artistic expression and composition. The author offers several examples from popular culture that illustrate the artist as someone who has their art merely come to them, as if a medium. The author also states that there is also usually an immediacy to this expression that seems to bypass intellectual effort or hard work. The author critiques this romantic notion of expression and contends that true art necessarily involves both inspiration and the ability to hone one's craft.
Powell, Joseph. "Honesty, Elegance, & the Ragged Edge." Midwest Quarterly, vol. 49, no. 1, 2007, pp. 9-24.