04 June 2017

"'Once a poem is made available to the public', teenage Sylvia Plath once wrote to her mother, 'the right of interpretation belongs to the reader'. It is by this right of interpretation that popular music, popular culture, and perhaps all culture belongs to us at all. It is by this right that art is always appropriated by life, that a catchy song ["Yellow Submarine"] with no particular meaning, eavesdropped on by a little boy with his ear pressed to the Iron Curtain, can be woven into a family myth across time and space. This is what popular art does at its best — it provides a screen onto which vastly different people in vastly different circumstances can project the singular meaning of their lives" (brainpickings)

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