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That Martha Grahm quote is one of my FAVORITES. I think about it all the time, so when I saw the title of this newsletter, I was delighted to find the full quote included. So many gems of wisdom in this whole piece. Always enjoy these showing up in my inbox. ^_^

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Thanks so much, Elayna! This quote is one of my favorites as well. I think of it often whenever I revise, in particular. I love the paradoxes she brings forth in her language "divine dissatisfaction" and "blessed unrest." Thanks so much for reading!

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Aug 21, 2022Liked by Grant Faulkner

You convinced me in this piece. I want satisfaction in my life so much that when you pose the value of dis, it rubs me slightly off. But I think you're right. The lingering off-sync with life keeps us wanting to correct the rhythm and speak to the rhythm and find meaning on the off-synchness. (how's that for a word?) To put it spiritually, we are not home, this is not heaven, we are a fallen people, and art is all about feeling that separateness and railing against that disjointedness and making sense of the off-synchness. (there, twice!)

I cannot tell you how much I LOVE the Nick Cave quote! My exact sentiments.

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I like "off-synchness," Ken. For me, our "arrivals" are always soon followed by departures. Art is a pursuit, especially when it comes to trying to match words with experience and thought. It's nice to be in sync, of course, but being in sync is so fleeting that it's a gift, and it's a gift we have to work for. ... Nick Cave is pretty amazing, with words and sound.

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