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“Self-knowledge is not self-abasement or self-rejection. I was, I am, a flawed human being. But that’s more interesting than being an iron cast. And there’s something to be said for fucking up. In fact, fucking up, if you aspire to be an artist, may be the great creative principle: getting broken, broken wide open, and then delving among the shards. Moving on. Painting, writing—these are always, first and foremost, struggles for authenticity.”

Breyten Breytenbach, in Lawrence Weschler’s “A Horrible Face, but One’s Own,’ Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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