Saturday, October 20, 2012

Excerpt from The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller

"Of course," he went on, "a fellow like Rattner is different.  He just had to paint - he was born to it.  But for one like him there are a thousand who might just as well be carpentering or driving a truck.  The difference, I suppose, is between procreation and creation - a difference of nine months.  In the case of the creator it means a life's work - unceasing labor, study, observation - not just to make a picture, or even a hundred pictures, but to understand the relation between painting, between all arts, I might say, and living.  To put your whole life into a canvas, into every canvas you do.  It's the highest form of consecration, and our good friend Abe has it.  Whether he's happy or not, I don't know.  I don't suppose happiness means as much to an artist as to ordinary folk. . ."


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