THE MONASTIC VOCATION OF THE ARTIST

“Maybe men like [builder of the Watt Towers Simon] Rodia have to exist in a state of something like sustained desperation, to be devoid of other options, even the most common one of all: the support of a marriage, happy or otherwise. ‘Those with “something to fall back on” invariably fall back on it,’ writes David Mamet. ‘They intended to all along. That is why they provided themselves with it. But those with no alternative see the world differently.’.”

–Geoff Dyer, White Sands, from the chapter, “The Ballad of Jimmy Garrison,” p.199

2 Replies to “THE MONASTIC VOCATION OF THE ARTIST”

  1. Anonymous says: Reply

    I have become celibate. I don't know if I will be this way forever. But it's freeing. And I find I have so much more free time. I love your blog and books.

    1. Thanks for checking in! As usual, I'm not sure whether I'm in radical acceptance of "what is" or am willfully, if subconsciously, keeping the world at bay…on the whole, I THINK acceptance…

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