Friday, November 4, 2011

A light, life-charged

I love this book I'm reading right now. (I'm hardly alone in that, since it won a National Book Award.) Anyway, here are a few lines for inspiration:

In my low periods, I wondered what was the point of creating art. For whom? Are we animating God? Are we talking to ourselves? And what was the ultimate goal? ...
Why commit to art? For self-realization, or for itself? It seemed indulgent to add to the glut unless one offered illumination. ...
I wondered if anything I did mattered. ...
... I understood that what matters is the work ... To achieve within the work a perfect balance of faith and execution. From this state of mind comes a light, life-charged.

--from Just Kids, by Patti Smith


  1. I've never heard of this book before--but those are interesting lines. Thanks for posting them!

  2. Eagle: It's a memoir about two young artists scraping by in NY circa 1970. Both of them, and quite a few of their friends, became famous (and controversial). Patti Smith really captures both the idealism and the gritty reality of living as a "starving artist."