“…it’s always there, waiting, full of mystery and magic…”

December 13, 2007

I read this, and I thought of the way that some characters respond to Auralia and to the extraordinary colors that she reveals to them.

Diane Ackerman is writing about artists, and why we need them:

And yet, through their eyes — perhaps because they risk so much — we discover breathtaking views of the human pageant. Borrowing the lens of an artist’s sensibility, we see the world in a richer way—more familiar than we thought, and stranger than we knew, a world laced with wonder. Sometimes we need to be taught how and where to seek wonder, but it’s always there, waiting, full of mystery and magic. I feel that much of my own duty as a writer is to open those doors of vision, shine light into those dark corners of existence, and search for the fountains of innocence.

– Diane Ackerman, “Language at Play” from In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction

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