Saturday, October 9, 2010

Found in Translation

I just want to pass on a thoughtful and humorous essay by author and educator Michael Cunningham (The Hours) about writing. One quote: "...the perfection we look for in art is about as likely to turn up as is the Holy Grail."

Each reader translates a book for himself.

His main thesis is that we who write must do so for our readers as opposed to ourselves. He likens writing to baking a cake, which could be eaten alone but which by its very nature is meant to be presented to others.

If you are a follower of Arts Without Borders, thank you. It is my gift to you.

Read Found in Translation from last Sunday's New York Times.

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