Joined: 28 Nov 2013
an excerpt from a Letter from Anais Nin to Jamake Highwater...
"Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having asked it so often of myself. I
believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not
live in any of he worlds offered to me: the world of my parents, or American life in
general, or the world of wars, or any of my lovers' worlds. I had to create a world of my
own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I could breath, reign, and
re-create myself when destroyed by living.
That, I believe, is the reason for every work of art. The artist is teh only one who knows
the world is a subjective creation, that there is a choice to be made, a selection of the
elements one will live and love with. It is a materialization, an incarnation of our inner
world. then we hope to attract others into it, to impose this particular vision and to
share it with others. When the second stage is not reached, the brave artist continues
nevertheless. The others - you and me- occassionally lose heart. But the few
moments of communication with the world, with others, is worth the pain, for when it
is achieved it is in terms of your true self."