An intriguing thought, that art is the means to receive hints from another reality.  I am not sure what he means by it, but as I get older, I sense something more numinous.  And I like the idea of art as a kind of antenna – it was Ezra Pound who described poets as the ‘antennae of the race’.

That said, there are other means than through art alone, such as walking outside or sitting still in a park and watching the birds and bees go about their business. They drop a hint now and then as they fly, hop or buzz by.

‘This other reality is always sending us hints, which, without art, we can’t receive.’


Source: Saul Bellow, Nobel Prize lecture

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