In my random clicking journeys as I relax at the end of the day, I found a nugget.
Borges says that the task of art is to transform the day to day into the artefact of the artist – words, images, whatever. He believes that it is our duty as artists to do this and the the task is endless, we never rest.
As a writer I was touched by the conclusion of this video clip most of all:
The life of a writer, is a lonely one. You think you are alone, and as the years go by, if the stars are on your side, you may discover that you are at the center of a vast circle of invisible friends whom you will never get to know but who love you. And that is an immense reward.
As we continually receive things from the external world, artists need to transform these into the symbols of their craft. If people like what we produce we may wake up one day in that vast circle of invisible friends.
I cried when watching it remembering the country of my birth and hearing his advise to young writers – don’t ever read a book you don’t enjoy, it is no good to you, the writer or the book.
A video clip to return to each time we want our faith in our craft to be restored.
Thanks to Open Culture for starting me on this clicking journey.
Listen to Jorge Luis Borges’ 1967-8 Norton Lectures On Poetry (And Everything Else Literary). Gems: http://t.co/znhcllmHqZ— Open Culture (@openculture)
You can read the full quote about Borges view of the task of art here.
And I keep this link for a rainy day when I don’t want to make art but learn about art from a master. It is nuggets like these that make this web of our such a work of art in itself. Things that may have been lost forever, preserved and accessible. What a gift.