Letter 12: January 18,2022

It’s true that when I first started THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DESK, I had little use for the humble newsletter. I truly did not understand its function. I wanted to write long form essays on art and books, to delve as deeply into my subjects for public exposure as I had for years for my private obsession. It wasn’t until I found myself at a standstill creatively that I realized how disseminated reflection could show the gears working. It’s said of good writing that it never shows the underpinning of motivations and the machinations by which we achieve them. But outside of the actual essays I could certainly describe my interests, my struggles, and their eventual rewards. It became a narrative of its own, a layer of meaning enveloping the individual essays. I have been able to throw off the guilt of speaking directly about what I am doing and how.

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