< I am confuse about a thing I read recently


It's art, so it's subjective. If the person who made something you like is shitty to the point that it starts effecting how you view that art that you like, that's valid. Don't let this book convince you that you *have* to disentangle the artist from the art. Death of the author is a real thing, and works can be interpreted as independent entities, but that's not the only way to look at something.

The example I always refer back to is Heidegger, a widely read and admired philosopher who also happened to be a literal Nazi. People often are able to disentangle his (oft times very visionary) work from his fascist tendencies, but there are some thousands and currents within his oeuvre that jibe really well with fascism and that makes me super uncomfortable, and colors the rest of his work for me to the point where I actively avoid it. Is that "stupid"? Maybe, and I'm not about to say that everything Heidegger wrote was "wrong" just because he was a Nazi, but that sure as hell doesn't mean I have to *like* it, either.

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