sequentialsmart asked: Do you think it's possible for an artist create touching, meaningful art if they lived a life without tragedy? While I haven't had an ideal life, I'm still the product of a privileged, middle-class, suburban life that's never been exposed to the horrors of war, violence, addiction, abuse, sudden deaths of loved ones, or any of the tragedies that have befallen the great artists. While I feel incredibly lucky so far, it feels the best art in our history came from some very broken people.
Have you not felt heartache? have you not been betrayed? have you not been disappointed by life?
have you not been in love? have you not been loved back?
everyone feels pain and joy. everyone has tragedy and triumph. of course living in a free country with unlimited opportunity is a lot better than not but it doesn’t take away from the fact that we all have the full range of experience and emotions in our life.
and if you are in touch with them you can write about them.
and if you are in touch with them and can write about them then other people will know them to be honest and true because we have all felt those things no matter where we are from
And, by the way, you don’t have to have them inside your house to not have been affected by the horrors of war, violence, addiction, abuse or anything like that.
So not one, but two of my favorite writers responded back to me!