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309 pages, Hardcover
First published April 14, 2015
“The more I write, the more I realize that when you tell a story, you shape the truth. What you leave in, what you leave out, every word and every emphasis changes the meaning. Writers create the truth, for better or worse.”
“This is a story about easy truths, hard truths, and those things best left unsaid.”
“It’s way easier when you have someone to blame. We want a victim and a villain and a simple story and for everyone to play their role.”
Reasons to read The Truth Commission
A Few Criticisms
If there's one thing we learn at Green Pastures, other than the fact that in some cases art can pay very well, it's that there is help available to us if we get overwhelmed. As art students, we are presumed to have few practical life skills and to be less stable overall. Casual observation would suggest that this is a safe assessment. [...]
At G.P., students get upset over a) ambition outstripping ability; b) lack of sleep; c) sexual and drug experimentation done in an effort to prove oneself talented. Of course, sex and drugs done strictly as an artistic affection are just as powerful as they are if you do them with the purpose of getting loaded. It's a painful lesson that must be learned by every art student who assumes that if they wear ironic hats, surely they should be able to have ironic sex and do ironic drugs.