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Artistic License

Posted by grasseeds on June 30, 2009 at 1:14 AM

     It's generally considered in bad taste to do fiction or drama on an ongoing scenario of human tragedy. With Guyana seemingly bogged down in the throes of gun violence and nearly murder-a-day domestic strife, is it okay for a novel like, say, Business As Usual, to stir up issues that must sit like raw sores in people's minds? And if it isn't, when will it be? When is it 'social commentary' whether it likes it or not? And when is it a cheap attempt to profit off misery?

     Artistic License continuously splits these hairs between timing and tact, knowing all the while that there are places in sensitive issues where only art can go. Needful healing can come from such careful exploration. So if a given scenario persists and even escalates, does the artist continue to wait, to restrain his 'what if?' from the journalist's 'what' and modern media's relentless obligation to 'Man Bites Dog'?

     How long has it been since Guyana was a mere 'cutlass and palin stave' society? Are the bodies of the famous 'Five Escapees' cold enough yet? Is it time for a 'Phantom' comic book? The Roger Khan song being sung from the dungeons of New York and its chorus flung back from Guyana: 'Slow Fire, Mo Fire'; is that song and dance stale yet? When is it safe to write?

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Reply Helen
5:31 PM on September 14, 2009 
An interesting and entertaining story of the corrupt business world in Guyana intertwined with drama, humor and unique characters. With many twists and turns Carlton keeps you in suspense.