David Simon Explains It All For You
Pablo Picasso famously said that art is the lie that shows us the truth.
From David Simon’s op-ed piece in today’s New Orleans Times-Picayune (affectionately known as the TP), on truth, fiction and details.
By referencing what is real, or historical, a fictional narrative can speak in a powerful, full-throated way to the problems and issues of our time. And a wholly imagined tale, set amid the intricate and accurate details of a real place and time, can resonate with readers in profound ways. In short, drama is its own argument.
We have addressed this topic on the issue of Creighton Bernette and our friend Ashley, and that will be just the most obvious point of departure for a few of us. There will be so many more.
This is fiction, and if those of us on this blog in or from New Orleans want the story told and told well, then we must forgive them their trespasses, their necessary liberties and revel in the truth revealed.
“Is that a second line? What band is that?”
“Who cares? Just follow those horns.”