Want to read an interesting and possibly depressing essay in New York Magazine about the difficulties of pursing the creative arts while being a parent? Sure you do! Big Blue Door storyteller Miller Murray Susen posted a link to it on Facebook, so we thought we’d share.
The piece only deals with fiction writing, but a lot of applies to other creative work. One of the reasons we structured Big Blue Door’s programming around improv, storytelling, and sketch writing was hopefully to make what we do accessible to a broader public, including students, parents, and workaholics.
One quibble: The author uncritically quotes a friend saying, “… the point of art is to unsettle, to question, to disturb what is comfortable and safe. And that shouldn’t be anyone’s goal as a parent.”
Personally, I think good art does often unsettle and disturb, but that’s because good art tells the truth and the truth is often unsettling and disturbing, though you can get away with a lot of you tell the truth using comedic techniques. But I think the un-settlement is a side effect, the truth is the point.
Maybe you disagree!
Anyhoo, it wouldn’t be fair to link to a depressing essay without an antidote. So parents enjoy a little comic relief (Language is NSFW):