If I were to make blog t-shirts, the first would say PROVOKE ANXIETY.
This feels like a founding principle to me – of the way I write, the way I live, the way I encounter the world.
If I’m doing something that doesn’t make me anxious – that doesn’t make me delay, worry, perseverate, talk about it endlessly – it doesn’t feel worth doing.
I don’t want to waste my time feeling safe and comfortable.
I provoke anxiety – in myself, in others – because that’s where art lives.
Art is anxious. Not safe.
I’m listening to Julie Klausner’s amazing podcast “How Was Your Week.” She really loves the things she loves (1970’s stars, animals reading her book, musical theatre, reality T.V.) — and helps you love them too.