high times of the seventies

I think it’s because it’s not natural for people to be alone. I think that there is something basically unnatural about writing in a room by yourself, and that it’s quite natural that writers and also painters need something to get through all those hours and hours and hours of being by yourself, digging inside your own intestines. I think it’s probably a defense against anxiety that so many writers have been involved with drugs. It’s true that they have, and whole generations of writers have been alcoholics.

– Susan Sontag

at what point do we realize, though, that we are emptying the art by filling it up with so much excess substance? is not the substance of soul enough?


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