Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

I love the expression “out of the blue.” This expression reminds some people of extraordinarily good luck falling out of the sky. I put at the top of this blog a photo of the sky as reflected on the silk blue top of my VW Jetta the other day. Even so, “out of the blue” is for me like a surge of water lobbed up from the depths of the sea to the surface … a bulge of rough, unpredictable creative energy thrust upwards from the unconscious.

Rilke said, “A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.”

I mention this because I was offered a publishing contract today for my first novel in French. The publisher is in Paris. This comes as welcome news, since French is my second language. I am going to wait a bit before accepting. All of this gives me a chance to think about something other than my ongoing translations for the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia, and the marketing of my film The Blinding Sea.

Anyway, I am in the middle of nowhere with my wife, enjoying the fauna and flora of the Eastern Townships.

A Hierarchy of Knowledge

June 15, 2022

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