(Painting by Bendix Harms)
It has taken quite a bit of courage to write this blog, exposing feelings and opinions and also realizing them through writing. I’m very grateful to you readers – the small number of you that there are - for sending me comments, emails or in-person encouragement. It goes a long way.
In one of Borges’s lectures, he describes writing as a collaboration, in which readers enrich the writing. He says of his lecture:
You may think now and then that you have heard a good lecture. In that case, I must congratulate you, because, after all, you have been working with me. Had it not been for you, I don’t think the lectures would have seemed particularly good, or even tolerable. I hope that you have been collaborating with me tonight.
He even humbly adds:
I think you are quite mistaken if you admire (I wonder if you do) my writing. But I think of it as a very generous mistake. I think that one should try to believe in things even if they let you down afterwards.
I’m no Borges, that’s for sure, but I am applying for an Andy Warhol Foundation arts writing grant (thanks AP). It’s a bit intimidating, but I will give it a whirl.
Among other things, I need to send a selection of posts. Please let me know if there are any posts that stick in your mind as either memorable or stimulating. Thank you.