Guest post: "Top Five Reasons to avoid Literary Significance (An astonishingly brief defense of inconsequence)" by Leif and Jason Grundstrom-Whitney
Reason Number One: Increased consequence in the literary field usually subjects one to the toils and travails of the odysseys known as book tours, peripatetic forms of moil renowned for their wretchedness, and the horrors of social interaction with admirers. What could be worse than being impelled to vacate the safety of your own home and acquire a hint of the vagabond spirit and travel about for the sake of promotion? What could be grosser than exploring the grandeurs of the world whose diverse sights offend with their severe ugliness? What could be more dreadful than basking in the adoration of fans who genuinely appreciate your art?
Reason Number Two: To safely eschew the colossal burden of stupendous affluence! It is always valuable, worthwhile, and beneficial, both morally and metaphysically, to resist the temptation to be stung by the malison of Mammon as succumbing to that compulsion leads to the misfortune of our being bounced off the eye of the needle right into the woeful state of the rich man in the Lazarus parable. Also, many of us lack vaults of the sufficient size to accommodate a grand influx of wealth and a sudden change in fortune.
Reason Number Three: Generally speaking, fame and success are antithetical to the doctrines of the solitudinarian and the precepts of the anchorite; perfection towards which the whole of humanity should flock.
Reason Number Four: Prolonged exposure to the brio and creativity of the Muse can result in the manifestation of several pernicious and deleterious maladies, behaviors and insalubrious mental conditions such as egotism, rodomontade, vainglory, macrocephaly, nausea, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Reason Number Five: Chief among these reasons and considerations to avoid literary significance is the fear of watching as your masterful work endures the ravages of misinterpretation. Nothing can inflict as much shambolic devastation on an author’s inflated sense of self as an ill-conceived or, conversely, wholly reasonable misprision! Art of the highest quality and the finest sophistication should not be available to the humiliation of the variety of subjective opinion!
Leif Grundstrom-Whitney is the proud co-author of the epical satire The Hidden Chalice of the Cloud People; the wicked and witty character known as Facinorous contained therein is a product of his multifarious mind. He has been published in several obscure poetry journals (hold your applause). To say that he is an edacious reader would be an understatement worthy of Hemingway. If he had a spirit animal, it would probably be a gregarious raven who knows how to play a Hammond B-3 organ.
Jason Grundstrom-Whitney has been a Social Worker and Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Maine for many years. In this time, he has introduced meditation (tai-chi, qigong, yoga, and meditation) groups to teens when told he would fail. This was one of the most successful and long lasting groups. He developed a Civil Rights/Peer Helper course that won state and national awards (for High School) and has worked as a civil rights activist. He has also worked as a long term care social worker and now works as a Hospice Medical Social Worker. Jason is a poet, writer, and musician playing bass, harmonica and various wind instruments.
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