I. “If we think of the confessional as an act of inclusivity—a statement of “this is human, too”—then we challenge the shame that surrounds the act of confessing. Rendering visible what was shameful helps to remove the sanctity that supports the kind of black-and-white certitude that makes for both bad politics and bad writing.” Amy Monticello defends the confessional over at Essay Daily.
V. That mind is crucial. “I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his/her vision wherever it takes him/her.” -J.F.K.
X. Read Elif Shafak’s “The Saint of Incipient Insanities.” Like, now. (All of her books, all the time.)