The stories that demand to be told
Reading as reincarnation

Life as art, and art as life

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“Art can model the more difficult dynamic of transfiguring one’s life, but at some point the dynamic reverses itself: life models, or forces, the existential crisis by which art -- great art -- is fully experienced. There is a fluidity between art and life, then, in the same way that there is, in the best lives, a fluidity between mind and matter, self and soul, life and death. Experience seems to stream clearly through some lives, rather than getting slowed and clogged up in the drift-waste of ego, or stagnating in little inlets of despair, envy, rage. It has to do with seizing and releasing as a single gesture. It has to do with standing in relation to life and death -- owning an emptiness that, because you have claimed it, has become a source of light, wearing your wound that, like a ramshackle house on some high exposed hill, sings with the hard wind that is steadily destroying it.”     - Christian Wiman (The Bright Abyss)

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“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”    - Cormac McCarthy (All the Pretty Horses)

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"We all need to look into the dark side of our nature -- that’s where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we’re busy denying."   - Sue Grafton

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“And so we polish our own lives, creating landscapes and canyons and peaks with the very silt we try to avoid, the dirt we disavow or hide or deny. It is the dirt of our lives -- the depressions, the losses, the inequities, the failing grades in trigonometry, the e-mails sent in fear or hate or haste, the ways in which we encounter people different from us -- that shape us, polish us to a heady sheen, make us in fact more beautiful, more elemental, more artful and lasting.”    - Terry Tempest Williams (When Women Were Birds)

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