Art expresses things about life, about people and about oneself that are not revealed in political or scientific thought. To become whole, human beings require the truth about the world, and themselves, that art offers.
David Walsh is the World Socialist Web Site Arts Editor. He began to write about art and culture for the Bulletin, the newspaper of the Workers League, the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States, in September 1991. Walsh was instrumental in the expansion of coverage of artistic and cultural developments with the launch of the WSWS seven years later. He is the author of The Sky Between the Leaves, a collection of essays on film, culture and socialism available from Mehring Books.
Edward Said, a Palestinian and a professor of literature at Columbia University in New York City, has set himself the task in Culture and Imperialism of offering "a history of the imperial adventure rendered in cultural terms."
This lecture was delivered by David Walsh, the arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site, at the Socialist Equality Party/WSWS summer school held August 14 to August 20, 2005 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Film is little more than a century old. It is an art form whose entire history is contained, for all intents and purposes, in the twentieth century, a century of convulsive and often tragic events, of global civil war, of gigantic and as yet unresolved social struggles.
WSWS arts editor David Walsh gave a talk in Detroit recently to SEP members and supporters to mark the publication of The Sky Between the Leaves.