The art of our century is that of collage, involving quotation, parody, cultural inventory. Collage is by genre and by strategy the art of still life, which begins as a duplication of reality in an image, grows into an enduring depiction of symbolically interacting objects in the service of one sentiment or another, and in our time takes on a new significance as a way of deploying dramatic information (as in the hundreds of still lifes in Ulysses
) or as the only way of stating the new enigma of reality that came in with the century.
-from Guy Davenport, Objects on a Table: Harmonious Disarray in Art and Literature
(Counterpoint, 1998), p.107
I must get to work on something, but the excitement of the past few days has thrown me off a bit.
I haven't an idea in my head!
The older I get, the more important an uninterrupted writing routine becomes.