Chapter 23: Be Generous to Everyone, Especially Yourself

Some writers look at the objects of this world and put a coat of paint on them so that they appear a little different, and that passes as art. But Shakespeare never gives you a new version of what already exists. He doesn’t depict reality. He creates reality. It’s the difference between someone going to a store and buying you a piece of furniture or disappearing into their workshop for weeks and making one for you that’s more beautiful than anything the store could offer. Which gift pleases you more?