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To try to match words to thoughts and experiences… the job of a writer is to do that in a sustained way — a job I find brutally hard, and, when it works, deeply gratifying.
In this altogether fantastic piece on how Twitter hijacked her mind, New York magazine book critic Kathryn Schulz offers a beautiful definition on what being a writer means. Complement with this omnibus of writers on writing. (via explore-blog)
Kim Duchateau’s one page comic strip of the David Lynch film Eraserhead.
Most artists are brought to their vocation when their own nascent gifts are awakened by the work of a master. That is to say, most artists are converted to art by art itself. Finding one’s voice isn’t just an emptying and purifying oneself of the words of others but an adopting and embracing of filiations, communities, and discourses. Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced. Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos. Any artist knows these truths, no matter how deeply he or she submerges that knowing.
In his fantastic 2007 Harper’s Magazine essay, The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism, Jonathan Lethem quotes Lewis Hyde’s The Gift and makes a compelling case for combinatorial creativity. It is the title essay of his equally excellent new collection of essays. (via explore-blog)