"I always object to aestheticisation of other people's personal experience. Last week, for example, I read a very offensive poem in which victims of the WTC attack were 'black petals' falling from a tree."
This is such an interesting concept that I wanted to mention it here just because it has huge
gigantic implications for literature in general. If taken to its fullest extreme it could cause the whole idea of writing fiction (stories not based on your own experience) to be considered immoral. At the same time though, I think Sijon does have a point, at least in that trying to speak about other people's experience it's much more honest to acknowledge your own distance and keep the writing grounded a bit more in your own reality (as is common in postmodern fiction).