“Good writing is the hardest form of thinking. It involves the agony of turning profoundly difficult thoughts into lucid form, then forcing them into the tight-fitting uniform of language, making them visible and clear. If the writing is good, then the result seems effortless and inevitable. But when you want to say something life-changing or ineffable in a single sentence, you face both the limitations of the sentence itself and the extent of your own talent.
“Art is one of the few places where talent and madness can go to squirrel away inside each other.”
– Pat Conroy, The Writer, June 2012, excerpted from My Reading Life (2010)
Painting: The Barn, by Leslie Budewitz (pastel on sandpaper)