|"Challenge", guache & ink, 20 x 26 in.|
One can see how the owner of a news outlet would gravitate toward the stories that sell regardless of how truthful or important they may be. This has a cumulative effect that worries me. What keeps news from becoming a list of items that fascinate us- a mythology that speaks more of our repressed fixations than of outer events? That is perfectly fine, as long as we know we are massaging our psyches, but this is not news– it's art.
If you could take your novel and make it entertaining without losing the value of the compelling original truth, it might be a great hit. But that risks elevating the values of popular success above truth. The only answer is to follow the heart- which always leads to a place of isolation, not by choice of ends, but by choice of means.