Bron Helmstrom’s questioning of theatre has resonated with me to a point of questioning my experience of art. Creativity comes in all forms with multitudes of purpose, perhaps to have no purpose. What struck the chord is when the Spike answers Bron, “But all theatre is reality. And all reality is…theatre!”(Delaney 75). This thought has never occurred to me until Samuel Delaney brings it forth in Trouble on Triton. Kim Stanley Robinson characterizes Jim McPherson, the protagonist of The Gold Coast, as a wanderer. It’s perceivable through his practice of art. Jim has the desirability to create, but is unable to manifest his thoughts through art. I think this is because of the environment that he is surrounded by. The golden rule seems to be replaced with the partial, “as you would like done to you”. The culture is based on consumerism and capitalism. These formats take away altruism and replace reciprocity with egocentricity. Relationships stray away from symbiosis. McPherson is someone who feels alienated in his environment because he has no connection to it. So far it seems like he doesn’t have any sort of connection with himself. His outlook is constructed solely by the society he lives in and it is for this reason I believe he struggles. This lens of McPherson is fogged and scratched. I think Jim dislikes his art because it parallels his life of constant potentiality, having yet to reach actuality. When it comes to art, there must be something inside the individual that yearns to be manifested. Jim’s desire is there and I feel his frustrations of not being able to frame it. The War of Art, a book depicting forms of resistance, reveals Jim’s issue. “Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” (Pressfield 146) I hope to see Jim surpass his resistant threshold of reaching his self.
Delany, Samuel R. Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan
UP, 1996. Print.
Pressfield, Steven. The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative
Battles. New York: Black Irish Entertainment, 2012. Print.