I picked up this book yesterday…
It begins like this:
MY FAITH AS A WRITER / Joyce Carol Oates
I believe that art is the highest expression of the human spirit.
I believe that we yearn to transcend the merely finite and ephemeral; to participate in something mysterious and communal called “culture”—and that this yearning is as strong in our species as the yearning to reproduce the species.
Through the local or regional, through our individual voices, we work to create art that will speak to others who know nothing of us. In our very obliqueness to one another, an unexpected intimacy is born.
The individual voice is the communal voice.
The regional voice is the universal voice.
… and goes on to more…