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What art should be about,’ they will say, ‘is revealing exquisite and resonant truths about the human condition.’ Well, to be honest – no, it shouldn’t. I mean, it can occasionally, if it wants to; but really, how many penetrating insights to human nature do you need in one lifetime? Two? Three? Once you’ve realised that no one else has a clue what they’re doing, either, and that love can be totally pointless, any further insights into human nature just start getting depressing really.

Caitlin Moran