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September 15, 2020: Separating Art from the Artist, Lovecraft and Rowling
In 1937, H.P. Lovecraft died penniless, alone, and unknown. Over the next near-century, his short stories would become evermore prominent, influencing some of the most talented writers and directors of the modern age. From del Toro to Gaimen, King to Scott, Lovecraft’s mythos permeated the public consciousness, raising the late writer’s work to heights he wished for but never saw.
This would be a sad story if not for Lovecraft’s well-documented racism, elitism, and xenophobia. Still, his work persists. So what will we do about it?
On this episode of LTA, Jason discusses the death of the author, and how we can enjoy the works of problematic people, without perpetuating their ideas.