Douglas Adams: “Anything that thinks it’s art”

“I get very worried about this idea of art. Having been an English literary graduate, I’ve been trying to avoid the idea of doing art ever since. I think the idea of art kills creativity. … [I]f somebody wants to come along and say, “Oh, it’s art,” that’s as may be. I don’t really mind that much. But I think that’s for other people to decide after the fact. It isn’t what you should be aiming to do.

There’s nothing worse than sitting down to write a novel and saying, “Well, okay, I’m going to do something of high artistic worth.” … I think you get most of the most interesting work done in fields where people don’t think they’re doing art, but merely practicing a craft, and working as good craftsmen. … I tend to get very suspicious of anything that thinks it’s art while it’s being created.”

— Douglas Adams

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