That’s a quote by Dave Eggers from an introduction to a new McSweeney’s book.
Pretty good right? It’s one of those quotations that make so much sense, and is so right on, you have to think it’s ancient or old. But it’s not.
It struck me immediately so I googled it. I found out that others thought the same thing. That it was genius and instantly quote-able. Here, take a look.
Why does it hold sway? Why is it gaining traction?
It speaks to the conflict that every artist has.
Usually there’s a conflict between what the artist finds valuable and what the rest of the world finds value. Artists are forward-thinking and on the edge of trends. Society or the bureaucrats or not. It’s up to them to find the slot, find the market, find the audience. Artists like to think that they don’t have to do those things.
This is starting to break down of course. They’re aren’t as many bureaucrats that are interested in art, in fact they’re artists too. We’re all doing our thing and sorting someone else’s on the side. That’s what Dave Eggers is doing too, right?
Instead it’s no longer about the artists and the bureaucrats because no is that interested in art. Instead it’s just artists and people who care less about art, and it takes something more and more monumental to break through beyond an audience of artists and to change the way that greater populace thinks about creative work.