It's a beautiful summer day in Vancouver. The wonderful thing about a lazy weekend afternoon is that the mind feels free to wander back and forth, from ideas about the future, to things lived in the past, to concepts we rarely consider during the busy work week. I'm thinking about movies, books and conversations about creativity. Browsing through this blog, I run across something I had posted a few years ago. It seems to fit with the present train of thought:
The posting was about a quote from American novelist William Faulkner in an industry newsletter sent to me by e-mail.
I had been wondering how to define art. That's a difficult and subjective thing. Yet there it was, in Faulkner's words, clear and neat:
"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by
artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when
a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life."
I don't know if you agree, but I think that's very good indeed.
It's a good reference point for a summer day thinking about movies and stories and illustrations.