How much can we — or should we — separate art from the artist? Which stories would end the fastest if the protagonist weren’t an idiot? What kind of music is best for reading? Craig, Kyle, and Todd take on these questions and more as they spin the Wheel of Tangents this week.

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  1. Arahant Member

    Really liking the Wheel of Tangents.

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  2. Taras Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Really liking the Wheel of Tangents.

    Extra fun with time limits!

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  3. Arahant Member

    Taras (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Really liking the Wheel of Tangents.

    Extra fun with time limits!

    Think we could get Greg and Jim to accept five minutes per martini? Might cut down on the Trump rants.

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  4. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda

    On the topic of separating art from the artist, I’m going to quote myself from this post where I recounted what happened at a science fiction convention I attended in Madison. The bolded part was the title of the panel.

    Love Their Works – Hate Their Views! The central question here is whether you enjoy reading books or watching shows when you know that the creator(s) have different viewpoints than you. This was nothing like some video you might see on Youtube of college students having an emotional breakdown because someone somewhere has a different opinion. And thankfully, the nearly universal consensus was that it’s OK to read books by people who don’t share all of the reader’s values, particularly if the distasteful opinions are not in the work, anyway. The most curious examples brought up by the audience involved religion. One young non-religious woman said she really likes Orson Scott Card’s Homecoming series and she felt conflicted because it is kind of a retelling of Morman history in a science fictional future, and she’s not really crazy about Mormanism. But she decided it’s OK to like the books. I’ll also put in my personal endorsement for that series, I’ve read it twice and it’s really good. The other one was a guy who was non-religious and had felt a little squeamish about enjoying C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, which is heavy with Christian themes. But he got over it and is happy to enjoy the books. One guy wearing a Bernie Sanders button declared his spite for Larry Correia who actually wrote a story where FDR was a villain. You gotta love Larry Correia.

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