The Prospect Interview #165: The art of the ordinary, with Marc Stears
How artists and writers healed a divided nation during the 20th century—and how their modern counterparts can do it again
Political theorist and former Ed Miliband speechwriter Marc Stears joins editor Tom Clark to talk about what 20th century British artists George Orwell, Barbara Jones, and Dylan Thomas can teach us about building bridges in our divided times today. His new book, Out of the Ordinary: How Everyday Life Inspired a Nation and How It Can Again follows the lives of these writers and artists, examining how they helped rebuild society during a century marked by war, tumult and revolution. The most exciting creative work going on today, Marc continues, occurs not in our lauded newspapers or celebrated exhibitions—but rather in scenes of ordinary life far from the limelight.
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