Elias Delaca

Elias Delaca

  • Elias Delaca
    Published 10 months ago
    Truth or Art: Integrity in the Portrayal of Culture Discussed in Katie Ives’s "Sharp End"

    Truth or Art: Integrity in the Portrayal of Culture Discussed in Katie Ives’s "Sharp End"

    The works of authors depicting the first ascent of the tallest peak in the world in the early 1900s “reflect[ed] dreams of hidden other worlds or vertical wastelands." After all, these writers were storytellers, seeking a story that would captivate worldly audiences. They did not lie, nor transcribe the events in a malicious manner, but their search for the twist that would set their story apart from the rest left a hole in the truth. In the essay “Sharp End,” published in the magazine The Alpinist, Katie Ives follows Tibetan local and author of We Tibetans, Lhamo, and with the accompaniment of Ethan Welty’s photography, illustrates the tradeoff between an honest portrait of foreign culture for a more interesting story.