I’ve recently started doubting my writing skills. Well, let me clarify this – I know I can write, I know I can spin a reasonably good yarn, sometimes make a person chuckle, but do I actually have anything intelligent to say? I was recently told that my post informing all on why it’s hell to be gay was “as shallow” as this person could handle, and teen-mag without really delving into the issues.
My response was that it was meant to be teen-mag, shallow and slightly on the Marian Keyes-side of writing.
I’m not offended by the person’s comments – we each have our own taste, and some people love debate – grappling with the difficult to resolve issues in what they read. I like it too, and I suppose some of the gay Christian discussion has been fodder for those wanting intellectual stimulation and challenge. But, on the whole, is my writing shallow?
I went to a debate recently. It was a pre-discussion to whet our appetites for the upcoming World Arts Summit happening in Johannesburg. The debate was about cultural diversity – is it the answer to world peace or is it the root of all evil?
Two intellectual types took to the stage and offered opinions on cultural diversity in the arts and then we got to bounce this thrilling discussion around the audience and see what everyone else felt about cultural diversity.
I felt like I was back at varsity. Asking those life-changing questions – does art imitate life? Will protest theatre die when apartheid does? Will men ever watch dance again? It was stimulating, and part of me missed that.
And then I felt inadequate. Here are all these people who write theses analysing the world as we live it, while I write the 10 best reasons to be gay.
So I have decided. Have rethought. Have read prolifically. And decided that I will be more intellectual. Will dig deeper below the surface and talk about the real issues. I’ll analyse what Michelle Obama says, rather than being more interested in what she’s wearing. I will inform you all of the latest and deepest yearnings of the great minds, and join them as I share my wealth of knowledge with you.
I will use words like vacuous, and attempt to not appear vacuous.
What other words shall I use?
But you will be dazzled…
How does that sound people?
Or I could just give you the top 10 songs Madonna has sung in her career…
7. Ray of Light
6. Live to tell
5. Papa don’t preach
4. Hung up
3. Express yourself
2. Like a prayer
I know Like a Virgin started it all, but I think the song is vacuous.