Chapter 22: The Hot Potato Effect

There is in the exchange between artist and audience a shock of recognition as because the audience looks at the artist and sees what it can be, just as the artist looks out at the throng of ecstatic faces and thinks, “As you are, so I was—who am I now?” In the exchange that takes place between artist and audience, both agree, not to answer these questions, but to ask them.

It’s this exchange between speaker and listener, between writer and reader, between singer and audience that is at the heart of any art.