“It’s not just writers…”

“It’s not just writers. It’s everyone. The writer is just an extreme case of something everyone struggles with. ‘On the one hand, to function well, you have to believe in yourself and your abilities and summon enormous confidence from somewhere. On the other
hand, to write well, or just to be a good person, you need to be able to doubt yourself — to entertain the possibility that you’re wrong about everything, that you don’t know everything, and to have sympathy with people whose lives and beliefs and perspectives are
very different from yours.’ ”

(Jonathan Franzen, quoted by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, “Jonathan Franzen Is Fine With All of It,” NYTimes Magazine)

(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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4 Responses to “It’s not just writers…”

  1. The artwork is great – love the lettering, colours and intersecting messages.

    • JMN says:

      Thanks very much. A valued remark, considering how much I like your work. I’d like to do something more graffiti-like and spontaneous. What I’m doing now feels more like illustration than art, rather tight and literal, but I’m just trying to learn.

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