Frank Schaeffer is an artist and a New York Times bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. Frank is a much sought after speaker and has lectured at a wide range of venues from Harvard’s Kennedy School to the Hammer Museum/UCLA, Princeton University, Riverside Church Cathedral, DePaul University and the Kansas City Public Library. Frank has been a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show on NBC, has appeared on Oprah, been interviewed by Terri Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the Today Show, BBC News and many other media outlets. Frank is also a blogger on Huffington Post, Alternet and Patheos.
A Manifesto of Creative Redemption
My wife Genie and I ask what we should pass on to our grandchildren. How do we help them to choose love over career, character over credentials, hands-on experience of reality over mediated high tech facsimiles, depth of relationships over entertainment, continuity over displacement, what’s lasted over what’s sold as “new” and “improved”? You don’t need to be a college graduate or an astute observer of culture to see that in America today (and not just in America) there is an absence of what I think of aesthetic purposefulness. Instead of aesthetic purposefulness (a dedication to living in tune with what is most beautiful), what our culture holds up as an ideal is striving for what passes for “success.” Beauty is given short shrift. The art of life is given short shrift. In consequence there is a pervasive anemia in how we conduct our lives. How do we change that?