Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Terry Teachout on artists' insecurities:
"A bad word from a colleague can darken a whole day," Orson Welles once told Peter Bogdanovich. "We need encouragement a lot more than we admit, even to ourselves." Remember those words the next time you see someone basking in the sunshine of a standing ovation. What looks to you like a polite formality might just be the only thing capable of giving him the courage to pick up his pen tomorrow morning and face the music all over again.