Friedrich Nietzsche writes, “We have art so that we shall not die of reality.”
I don’t think of Nietzsche as being the most positive guy I never met, but I like this quote. Since he is dead, I have to think I have changed and not him. Or he actually had a moment of bliss.
I take him to mean that art is as much an outlet as an escape; for the artist and the patron. What say you?
In Owning Your Own Shadow, author Robert Johnson writes, “Narrow creativity always brings a narrow shadow, while broader talents call up a greater portion of the dark.”
Most of my life I thought that avoiding my shadow meant success. Now I am distressed to learn how totally untrue this is. It is incredible to me that I have found in my writing a willingness to do just the opposite. More than a willingness, I have an almost panicky desire to dance in the shadows. I can’t get there fast enough.
I hope you learned to dance before I did.
New Yorker correspondent Evan Osnos in his book, An Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the new China comments about couples in China hooking up for a first date.
I enjoyed what he told about women in China calling a man without a house, a car or a nest egg a “Triple Without.”
I wonder how long it will be before men in China use the same on women. Or that we use the expression here?
Dear writers, how many narrative voices do you use? What is the difference between finding your voice and employing a narrative voice? These and many more questions I am examining as I write a book that is fast becoming a memoir.
I work hard to find times of angst. Doing so takes me back in time. Who said there are no time machines?
Some days I flounder against angst’s mother ship. I produce a whiny narrative voice. What is that? Not good I think.
In all instances, I try to include a voice that can express humor. I am hoping that by doing so I will find a sound that can appraise up close and at a distance in conversational tones.
Humans are like a dog and a cat
Vying for the attentions
Of a godlike master,
That their master could love
Muser – A person who muses (in various senses); a person engaged in or given to thought or meditation.
Musing -a spell of thoughtfulness or reflection; a meditation; (also) a written reflection, thought, idea,
Muse – Each of the nine goddesses regarded as presiding over and inspiring learning and the arts, esp. poetry and music.
It is official, I am a muser. This afternoon, it is a cool cloudy day and I am musing that I want an ever-present muse. It is not that I don’t have one, but she comes and goes. Maybe what I will do what Thoreau did as described in I to Myself.