That idea really struck a chord.
Many of the books and paintings and films I have fallen in love with have shaken me. They have left me with my mouth gaping open, in amazement or shock or perhaps anguish.
One of my all-time favorite novels is Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted. It is certainly disturbing--not for the weak-kneed, especially one of the earlier "stories" entitled "Guts." But the premise of the book is mind-boggling: a group of people go to a 3-month writing retreat where they are isolated from any outside contact. All the writers are hiding in some way, and they soon find out that unless they start doing things to each other, they will never churn out any decent writing.
|photo by F. Sigorski--Part One|
I think of pieces of music like "Strange Fruit." It was meant to sicken, disgust, and enrage.
|photo of Billie Holiday by "My camera'" My camera! My Kingdom for a camera!"|
I think of movies like Into the Wild. The end was so slammingly sad...
I think of songs like "Crazy" by Brett Dennen. It makes me bounce around when everything else fails...
How have books and films and music "disturbed" you? How has art comforted you?