Here Is The Great Temptation Of All Middle Age

December 19, 2018

Here is the great temptation of all middle age – comfort and security – but the surest death to the artist if accepted wholly

— Dawn Powell

This excerpt from A Diamond to Cut New York struck me (sidebar: the Dec 3rd issue of The New Yorker that re-ran a lot of old pieces has been oddly fun).

This has happened to me a few times now. I’ll see something specific to the arts or advice for artists and find that it applies much more broadly if you reframe it. Exhibit A: Jerry Saltz’s How to be an artist..

Anyways, don’t get too comfortable.