ansible wrote:Good article, thanks for posting.
But I tend to agree with Stephen King. To paraphrase from On Writing, he said something like how artists who use drugs when they create art don't do this because the drugs improve their art (even if they think it does), but because the simple fact of being an artist lends itself towards a personality who is more likely to use drugs. Essentially, creative artists are often naturally inclined to use drugs, but that doesn't make their art better. He's speaking from his own experience with drug abuse and addiction and the novels he wrote while high. There are a few he barely remembers writing. Hemingway drank because his father drank and he was an alcoholic, not because he needed to drink to write well.
I mostly agree with that; I don't think the use of drugs objectively makes art better. I think it can - for specific reasons, like Dave mentioned - but the art comes from the artist, and the artist deals with all that comes along with that art in their own way.
i actually agree with you wholeheartedly about how drugs don't actually make one a better artist. practice/technique/stubborn belief in oneself/natural ability are all the ingredients, among others, that make someone a good artist. what i will say is: back when i used to smoke weed a lot, when i sat down to draw or write, the shit just flowed out of me. there was no filter between my thoughts and what i did, no doubts there, much like what Bazan is referring to in this interview.
however, i haven't smoked in a while and i draw better now. i don't get that high feeling anymore, which is really one of a kind, but i get more out of drawing now because i have to try harder. as far as getting high is, i loved it, and i try to attain that feeling naturally now, via such activities as jogging for long distances and cycling among other things... i can say, it's so much easier and more efficient to just smoke. but, yeah... in the end that becomes just another crutch.
i'm sure Bazan will work it out to where he doesn't become addicted or overdo it. for his sake i hope he does, because i used weed to avoid real life for a while and when real life came back... well it was a force to be reckoned with. anyone who says, "oh it's no big deal" hasn't had withdrawals or depression related to habitual use. at the same...
the Feds need to remove cannabis from Schedule 1. it makes absolutely no sense to include on the same list as heroin and meth. but this is clearly not a priority for anyone at the top, partially because the DEA and other groups make so much money from prohibition.