Trickster makes this World

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I love this book: Lewis Hyde’s TRICKSTER makes this WORLD.
“Wandering aimlessly, trickster regularly bumps into things he did not expect. He therefore seems to have developed an intelligence about contingency, the wit to work with happenstance.”
This says everything about how I make art. And when I veer from this… when I try to plan (oh, thank you Dorothea Lasky, for your Poetry is Not a Project)… people, especially people with Big Brains, don’t understand how profound, what a great essay this is!) … when I try to map out where I think I should go, it all goes wrong, horribly wrong. I don’t know what I’m doing or where I’m going. And for me, that’s the only way.. which is no ‘way’ at all.
I make a mark… or respond to one I see. We have a dialog.
That’s it. That’s the entirety of my aesthetics.
Coyote should be the animal spirit of any would be revolutionary in our capitalist system. They know how to survive without a pack, rob traps set for them, turn whatever environment they find themselves in to their own advantage, and eat genrtrification poodles for dinner.
And of course, I’m reading Lewis Hyde’s wonderful, Trickster Makes this World: Mischief, Myth, and Art.
Wasn’t so sure, first 90 pages. It was ok, but wordy, I thought… then he turned the trick and revealed some powerful, moving personal stories that made everything before come to life. This is a great book

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