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Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint
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Jul 08, 08

Read in January, 2000

Charles De Lint is my favorite author and if I was tied to a chair and forced to declare a favorite story from him it would be Memory and Dream. This book didn't just take root in my personality but I think it stirred up part of my development as an artist. The story itself is a twist filled plot about an artist who learns the skill of bringing to life the characters that she paints - which sounds like buckets of fun right? But then what happens if those newly brought into the world people cease to exist if anything happens to the canvas they sprung from? What moral responsibility does the artist then have to protect those canvases? Does she cease painting real people altogether? Does she give up her gift? The whole idea plays with the concept of artist's responsibility for their art and the power of the muse.
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