Listening to the Stories50

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.

—Thomas Merton

Many thoughts were on my mind as I again took to the long and empty roads, en route to a workshop in Death Valley. A train of thought was set in motion, sparked by a startling revelation just days before my departure.

I’ve often suggested that the most important question an artist must be able to answer is this: Why do you do what you do? It is no small irony that my own attempts at an answer were heretofore not quite satisfactory. I always felt that I needed to do what I do, whether or not I could clearly articulate the reasons for it. There was never a doubt in my mind that my own sense of self would not be complete ...

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