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  1. I just think there are different forms to communicate human first hand experience that generates a series of feelings and thoughts. Each author chooses what appeals most to them. Obviously no film, photograph, literary work, painting, musical piece or whatsoever will exactly reproduce what the author felt and thought. Yet I believe, if any of these artistic works are done with passion, they will come extremely close to the original experience for the receivers to empathize with that first hand experience and its corresponding thoughts and feelings. If it happens, the receivers will achieve catharsis. There will be an emotional reaction, also reflective. The receivers will experience things like beauty, pleasure, comfort, discomfort, abhorrence, anger, sadness, bliss, etc… The important thing is that receivers do not remain indifferent. Therefore, I agree with this statement: “…Tolstoy, for example, expressed that the emotional content of an artist can be translated. It is a feeling, catharsis, for example, that shares various aesthetic modalities.”

    I also agree with you that visual arts and music can be explained with words. Moreover, they very often inspire literary works.

    I am in favor of objectifying female, male and transgender bodies as long as the people are respected and not abused. This kind of objectification is not excessive and it is just the necessary any author needs to create any forms of art and/ or literature. Otherwise, there would be no inspiration. Perhaps Hustvedt fails to convey this reasoning. In this respect, your book A Man Looking At Women is honest, authentic and heart-felt. And as you can see, it has produced positive and negative reactions, which is good, readers have not remained indifferent. While I have enjoyed its authenticity, musicality of words, eroticism, etc, other people have experienced abhorrence like “…a friend said that other women who denied it must be facing some molestation post-traumatic stress.” Sure, yet they have not remained indifferent, so I would consider that a success.

    I couldn’t agree more with this statement:

    “I think we need to respect the possible fallibility of human beings. When they say things that don’t make sense to us, we need to paraphrase them and then give them an understanding as to why we might disagree with them.”

    I also like the idea of the abstraction that enables us to “think between the rungs of a ladder rather than the steps themselves.” It is a good metaphor for art and literature analysis. Free-writing and word salad, yes. Extracting quality from quantity, sure. As I told you from the beginning, if something is done with passion it has to be necessarily good, don’t you think so?

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