"Talking about art requires artists to sound purposeful and sure of themselves, but she'd never felt that way. Over the years she'd made up a lot of reasons because people didn't seem to like the arbitrariness of the reality."
--Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Anna Quindlen
think most writers do have plans and purpose, but it may not always be
what readers see, and readers may find connections we didn't
(consciously) intend. But I like this quote because it speaks to the
intuitive part of art-making. I don't find writing to be a wholly
calculated, wholly intellectual exercise, but to include some of what
Quindlen's character thinks of as "arbitrariness," which we may also