Friday, August 10, 2012


“...hanging out does not make one an artist. A secondhand wardrobe and clothes doesn’t make one an artist. Neither do a hair-trigger temper, melancholic nature, propensity for tears, hating your parents, or HIV. I hate to say it – none of these make one an artist. They can help but just as being gay doesn’t make one witty … the only thing that makes one an artist is making art. And that requires the precise opposite of hanging out, a deep lonely and unglamorous task of tolerating oneself long enough to push something out.” David Rakoff

My friend John (actually, he is my sister's friend, but also my friend cause Facebook says so) posted this quote, because David Rakoff, one of the integral creatives in one of my favorite NPR shows, This American Life, passed away today.  

It's a lovely quote, and it's funny, and it's true.  I may have a secondhand wardrobe most days, and I do have a melancholic nature sometimes, and maybe I am witty on occasion( though it was my sister who was Most Witty in her graduating class- two years later, I was Most Helpful, which really means Biggest Dork). The other qualifiers- not so much.  Except for the Punchline.  Which I agree with entirely. Especially on Friday Nights in the Summer in which I am working on art with my dog asleep at my feet, which is lonely; but, not as lonely as my life would be without art.  Thanks, David.  Rest Peacefully. 

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