diary / by Edward Mullany


Maybe it is true, as people sometimes say, that artists don’t need to suffer for the sake of their work, by which it is meant, I think, that suffering doesn’t add to one’s talent, nor help one make use of that talent, when the time comes to use it, though it is also true, I think, that suffering, if it doesn’t embitter us, or wreck us so thoroughly that we lose our minds, or ability to function, can bring about an increase in humility and love, both of which can be of use to an artist, in the practice of their art, though more important than their art is what can happen in their soul.