Over the past few days I read two brilliant and very different pieces discussing art and the importance of preserving its integrity. It's easy to forget just how and why art can be important, especially in the film world, in Oscar season, when so much cinema is self-important, and wrongfully so.
The first piece was inspired by David Cameron, the insufferable British Prime Minister, who recently made some ill-informed comments to the effect that the UK film industry needs to stop making films that nobody wants to see and invest in commercial hits. It wasn't the sentiment so much as the incredible lack of logic and understanding that rendered so foolish the comments from the man once memorably described as resembling C3PO made of ham. But it did provoke a variety of thoughtful retorts – the best of which is this typically angry, zany and inspiring response from the comedian Stewart Lee in today's Observer.
The second piece is a blog post I happened upon relating to the recent furore surrounding Salman Rushdie and his non-attendance at a literary festival in India. All you need to know is in the article – which left me feeling not only fired up and informed, but copying out a quotation cited in the article to pin above my desk.