With all these posts lately about Jane Austen on Ripple Effects, Arti feels there is a need for an erratum. Before the comedy of errors gets to Austenesque proportion, and considering Arti’s minute talent in writing such that there being no aspiration to become a modern day George Eliot, a major confession is called for here: Arti is A Lady.
At first when I started Ripple Effects, I thought that the name “Arti” is neutral enough like “Les”, “Chris”, or “Alex”. I subscribe to the ideal that great literature and good writing is gender neutral, by this I mean their relevance and significance surpass the boundaries of gender to reach the universal, be it the work of Jane Austen or George Orwell. And, laying aside the gender issue, good books deserve to be read. The novels of Jane Austen come to mind. The gender of a writer should not be an impediment if the writing speaks to all. Arti proceeded to write all reviews and articles based on this premise, attempting to strive, albeit remotely, towards this ideal.
I hope the disclosure of Arti’s gender does not diminish readers’ enjoyment of Ripple Effects. Definitely, Arti does not want to be accused of carrying a concealed weapon, or acting as an undercover agent when it comes to the battle of the sexes. So here I am, coming out with both hands up in the air.
As readers can quickly observe, Ripple Effects encompasses not only Austen, or just books. But because Arti is endowed with only 24 hours in a day, wherein a few have to be allotted to that essential yet elusive activity called sleep, there is just not enough time to see all the many exciting worlds Arti would like to explore. To alleviate this deficiency, Arti visits other people’s blogs to quench the thirst. I thank you all for transporting me to those worlds in this great blogosphere of ours.
In between visits, Arti will continue to plow through neutral grounds to learn the art and craft of reading, writing, watching, and gleaning the worthy ones to review.
(Visual: Le Blanc Seing by René Magritte)