No Need to Read

I just came across a book that collects all of Jackson Pollock’s sayings, at least as they have been recorded. Unlike some artists, he wrote very little. One remark caught my eye:

“You don’t got to read all the time to know books. I can read by sensing a book—I get what it’s saying. Saves time too.”

As it happens I understand exactly what he’s saying. I have many books I haven’t read, and can absorb their content just by leaving them on the shelf. It may help to see them once in a while, but opening them up is not always necessary. One faculty of an artist.

Carl Spitzweg, The Bookworm 1850

Carl Spitzweg, The Bookworm 1850

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