Editing work still consumes my waking hours, as you might guess from the lack of blog activity. My two big deadlines are Tuesday and Thursday of next week, so hopefully I’ll have a little more free time after that.
In the meantime, here’s one of my favorite quotes. It’s sat on my hard drive for years, but I’ve never shared it before. It’s about courage in art.
I find funny and silly the pompous kind of self-important talk about the artist who takes risks. Artistic risks are like show-business risks — laughable. Like casting against type, wow, what danger! Risks are where your life is on the line. The people who took risks against the Nazis or some of the Russian poets who stood up against the state — those people are courageous and brave, and that’s really an achievement. To be an artist is also an achievement, but you have to keep it in perspective. I’m not trying to undersell art. I think it’s valuable, but I think it’s overly revered. It is a valuable thing, but no more valuable than being a good schoolteacher, or being a good doctor.