Ofelia: Writing is often considered the highest form of art because writers say it is. Writers love writing best, so they reserve their highest praise for words. Art history, all of history, is recorded by writers. They’re whom we have to trust. Good writing satisfies like nothing else. That decisive line of clever communication, like a shot of ideas directly into the brain. Music and the visual arts don’t have that particular payoff, that cerebral punchline, that ‘led-by-the-hand’ finish. They ‘float,’ as writing connects.

Ofelia’s suitor: Unless you prefer music or visual arts over words, Ofelia. You sound like a frustrated writer, woman. A guy could fall for you.

—Gilbert Hernandez, Luba (issue #3, December 1998)

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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