… to thrive as an artist…


From Lucia Joyce- To Dance in the Wake by Carol Loeb Shloss

“In short, they were nice women, versions of the angel in the house, that perilously good creature that Virginia Woolf commemorated as Mrs. Ramsay in To the Lighthouse. It is relevant to Lucia’s story to remember that Woolf knew she had to “kill” the internalized angel within herself if she were to thrive as an artist.”

From Podcast Working: Alison Bechdel’s Secrets to Superhuman Productivity

It’s really hard for most people to face that kind of reckoning to say, “for me to do the amount of work that this project is going to require of me. I can’t do like a social thing X or a family thing Y, and not just for a limited period like in the final push, but for most of the time or maybe ever.” Creative work tends to be effectively self employment with no overtime pay. And it consumes people’s time and attention and focus… And I think in certain ways, being creative requires behaviour that could be seen as selfish. But it’s also kind of an irrational obsession, and it’s very hard to look at it coldly. And when the work is good,  I’m glad that people were so monomaniacal, even for the most part. I don’t want to think about what it took for them to produce that work.”

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