When you’re in the room writing, there are a lot of people in there with you. Your teachers, friends, writers from history, critics…and one by one, if you’re really writing, they walk out. And if you’re really writing, you walk out.
—Adapted from a talk with Philip Guston
Note: Guston’s original comment concerned not writing, but painting. You can read it at Jim Finnegan’s wonderful, aphoristic blog, ursprache. In the photo, Guston is shown working on mural for the WPA Federal Art Project in connection with the 1939 New York World’s Fair.