“When you open a novel — and I mean of course the real thing — you enter into a state of intimacy with its writer. You hear a voice or, more significantly, an individual tone under the words. This tone you, the reader, will identify not so much by a name, the name of the author, as by a distinct and unique human quality. It seems to issue from the bosom, from a place beneath the breastbone. It is more musical than verbal, and it is the characteristic signature of a person, of a soul. Such a writer has power over distraction and fragmentation, and out of distressing unrest, even from the edge of chaos, he [or she] can bring unity and carry us into a state of intransitive attention. People hunger for this.”
Brainpickings.org–written and edited by Maria Popova—is such a good website that I lack the talent to do its justice. It is extraordinarily insightful regarding creativity in all its aspects, intellectually provocative, and visually stunning.
Illustration Gabriela Giandelli from the book Monsters and Legends.
Go look and wonder.