Bread Loaf 2012: Not a Luxury

Posted on 17 August 2012

Making art is not a luxury or a decoration … The practice of imagination through making art is fundamental to us as human beings. Failure of imagination is at the heart of the worst things we do.

What we do here as writers and readers is central to our identity, our nature, and our best potential.

–Scott Russell Sanders, Bread Loaf


4 responses to Bread Loaf 2012: Not a Luxury

  • Josephine says:

    Dear lord.

    that quote hit me like a train. seriously.

    in my office, there is a support beam that runs across the middle of the ceiling that has been dry-walled so that when you walk in, part of the ceiling drops down, offering the perfect space for something to be painted on it…you know, something to set the tone of my writing.

    i’ve never filled it yet as i can’t decide. this quote is now in the running:

    What we do here as writers and readers is central to our identity, our nature, and our best potential.

    (and just b/c i’m here, a quick list of other quotes in the running):

    “Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” Henri Frederic Amiel

    “We’re so sorry, Uncle Albert, But we haven’t done a bloody thing all day.” Paul McCartney (or maybe lennon) (you know, b/c this is usually how i feel about my writing life.)

    “Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.” Anne Lamotte (this one is a favorite, but feels kinda confrontational should i put it on a wall.)

  • Just got back from a few days in one of my favorite places in the world. Lancaster, PA. First time I explored downtown and I’m in love. What a beautiful place to be from. If not for these darn kids, I’d move in a New York minute.

    • When I am back and have more time I want to hear all about your Lancaster trip and what you did. I do enjoy going back and visiting when I get the chance. It’s beautiful there, at least out by the farms!

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