“Life is tragic. And writing is important.”
I read it in the New Yorker. I think it was in a piece about Frank O’Hara. But when I’ve tried to find it I can’t, so maybe It’s another Frank. Or another writer?
As soon as I read it I knew it was true. And...
...the best explanation I know for why writing is important, why we do it, why the Beats did it, why I wrote Ruby’s story.
Movies, books, plays, paintings, all the art we see.
At a coffee shop some years back a friend handed me a card he found on a rack of other cards.
“All art is Penance.” He was Catholic, I’m Jewish. We both fell in love with the card.
But this Frank O’Hara – not Frank O’Hara phrase. Said it best.
If you can find out who said it, I’ll send you a Starbuck's gift card and a free copy of The Beat on Ruby’s Street.
All you have to do is write me at www.jennazark.com.
Life is tragic. Writing is important.