Witness vs Recovery

I was able to pick up a copy of Robert Nathan’s Portrait of Jennie and start reading it. This was a new-ish edition brought out by a publisher called Tachyon Publishing. Sean Stewart wrote the introduction, and in it he talks about how the artist’s job (or compulsion) is to bear witness.

I thought about that. If I were to sum up my own compulsion, it would be to recover. I always want to bring back what was lost or forgotten.

The lobby of the former Western Union building.

Western Union Building

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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5 thoughts on “Witness vs Recovery

  1. “Lost or forgotten”. Boy can I relate. Lives buried in anonymous paper, it’s like you’re digging somebody out from earthquake rubble. The feeling of urgency, like you’re saving a life.
    How’s your mouth?

  2. You always have such beautiful pictures. I assume that you are feeling better – at least I hope so! Enjoy this beautiful weather!

  3. Thank you! And I am much better. I haven’t been able to get out much, but today I plan to.

    Dan yeah, exactly.

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