Monthly Archives: August 2010

leaving only desire pt 3: quibbles

1. Alchemy is a popular but bad metaphor. If you use dirt to make gold you wind up with dirty gold. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Perhaps the dirt makes the gold glow more brightly in contrast. 2. … Continue reading

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leaving only desire pt. 2: mental Doritos

Ten years ago I would have taken my last post as prescribing a steady diet of Milton and Mozart—no mental Doritos. But that’s not what I mean. Artists, like alchemists, can transmute one material to another—dirt to gold. Consider Shakespeare: … Continue reading

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“leaving only desire”

My friend Corinne Duchesne, working on a painting, uses her hands to block off parts of the painting so that she can see what’s needed, what her eye desires. The single best piece of writing advice I’ve ever gotten remains … Continue reading

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