Why write?

“We write to make suffering endurable, evil intelligible, justice desirable and love possible. And I can elaborate on those things.

But the most important is love. That after all the suffering, all the injustice, all the evil that one sees in the world, if you can rise above it and make it beautiful, and thus lovable then that’s worth a life.”

Other ideas I agreed with or were intrigued by:

  • One doesn’t teach how to write, but can teach how to write better
  • Despite the tanking economy, people continue to pursue writing for itself… an encouraging statistic to see people still valuing the arts
  • In the end, praise trumps criticism
  • What we write must be useful to the world.  (a high standard is the only standard, eh?)

To read or hear more from where this came from, check out this concise interview with Roger Rosenblatt over at PBS Newshour’s Art Beat.


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