Thanks for that grammar-tip, Luba.
And I think the топки were more proverbial than metaphorical, don't you?
(sorry about that.)
I have no fixed notions on how an artist should be in terms of their function in society.
They seem to me to be as limitless as the things a person could have for breakfast.
If I were to scrape the mud from the soles of my boots and offer it to you as breakfast (and believe me there are artists who have offered worse as art) would you probe the dish for signs of good taste and wholesome nourishment?
(I was gonna say something else but forgot as I was distracted while momentarily watching Malcolm D. Lee's Undercover Brother
while typing this...)
Anyhow, I offer this quote which I dug up for you and what I found attractive once (but which now feels a bit idealistic and slightly paternalistic…)
It kinda contrasts with your post and, interestingly IMHO, with the tone of Kincaid's general approach as you described it:
Originally Posted by Maya Angelou
My responsibility as a writer is to be good as I can be at my craft. So I study my craft. I don’t simply write what I feel, let it all hang out. That’s baloney. That’s no craft at all. Learning the craft, understating what language can do, gaining control of the language, enables one to make people weep, make them laugh, even make them go to war… The other is to be as good a human being as I possibly can be so that once I have achieved control of the language, I don’t force my weaknesses on a public that might then pick them up and abuse themselves.
Now I believe that if there isn't something that destroys you from inside you won't be able to create. Selfishness controls it all.
The begining of that sounds like the first law of thermodynamics to me...
Why do you say that in the end?
Why/how have you reach that conclusion?