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In A Polished Mirror

Stanley Fish says that if your project does not elicit a wholly internal pleasure, that of its own accomplishment, then “… you might want to think again about your commitment to it.”

Listen, Stanley. I will never rethink my commitment. It’s permanent, and way beyond discussion. I do accept, however, the notion that making art is its own reward. Nothing else matters. Yes, it would be nice to become rich and famous. But if that never happens I will continue to make art, as long as I have my health and my wits about me. I intend to live here in solitude in my vineyard's villa on this island in the Bay of Naples until I’m 90, and then one day drop dead in the middle of writing a sentence. Or run over by a car as I’m photographing myself in a polished mirror.

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absolutely. absolutely. i read the article, twice. thank you so much. you're right: sometimes the creation process does foster quivering ecstasies, but sometimes, it leaves a few less hairs on the head - is either an indication that one should stop? if anything, i find validity in the struggle; it usually, or always, means one's pushing through to something. Either way, there are still times when there’s nothing more rewarding than solitude.

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