Summer is pretty slow when you’re working at a college. I miss the students, and I miss hearing about their projects. Corny as it might sound, it’s pretty invigorating hearing about other artists and seeing their momentum as they move through the semester.
Though slow, summer does give me the time to individually clean each key on my computer keyboard. Always a pleasure. You don’t realize how dirty those little white pieces of plastic get!
Summer also means summer beach reading. Or, for me, hot train commute reading. I’ve finally gotten around to Nicole Krauss’ “The History of Love.” And it’s just my scene, lyrical and romantic and just a really lovely read.
There was one passage that struck me in particular, because it captured the way I feel about writing.
“Once Uncle Julian told me how the sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti said that sometimes just to paint a head you have to give up the whole figure. To paint a leaf, you have to sacrifice the whole landscape. It might seem like you’re limiting yourself at first, but after a while you realize that having a quarter-of-an-inch of something you have a better chance of holding on to a certain feeling of the universe than if you pretend to be doing the whole sky.”
-Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
I love that. I try and strive for that in my writing, trying to create just a perfect moment in a play or screenplay. Thinking about it this way makes my goals much more manageable.