The Not-Knowing

 

George Grosz, Ein Opfer der Gesellschaft (A Victim of Society) (later titled Remember Uncle August, the Unhappy Inventor), 1919

George Grosz, Ein Opfer der Gesellschaft (1919)

Without the scanning process engendered by not-knowing, without the possibility of having the mind move in unanticipated directions, there would be no invention … Writing is a process of dealing with not-knowing, a forcing of what and how … The not-knowing is not simple, because it’s hedged about with prohibitions, roads that may not be taken. The more serious the artist, the more problems [s]he takes into account and the more considerations limit his [or her] initiatives.

~Donald Barthelme

 

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