Thanks, Neil, you made my day

by juno on November 27, 2013


Found and borrowed from here, while trying to find this quote, paraphrased here, from James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:

“I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it calls itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile, and cunning.”


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Hayley Wood November 27, 2013 at 09:44

Good for what ails ya! I’ll take a strong dose of principled artist-resolve as a spiritual apertif before my feast day–in dedication to a founding myth about the fatherland–begins.

juno November 27, 2013 at 10:40

Oh, so beautifully said, Hayley. I’ve been reflecting all week on “silence, exile, and cunning,” and what that means in the context of my life and work, which are, of course, one and the same.

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