More than a century ago, the futurist manifesto talked about the joy of seeing the glorious old canvasses bobbing adrift on the waters, discolored and shredded.
It’s both a poetic and practical reminder than if we want to propel our creative lives forward, we have to find new ways to express ourselves. We have to go in search of new canvasses, quite literally, that allow us to surge forth with a deeper sense of artistic freedom. Books are the perfect example.
As a writer, they’ve been my primary medium of creative expression for more than a decade. But in the past few years, they’ve officially reached a point of diminishing returns.
On all sides of the supply chain, too. Authors aren’t writing them like they used to, publishers aren’t promoting them like they used to, and buyers aren’t reading them like they used to. It deeply saddens me. I’m afraid that this time, books might really be dead.
And so, I’ve been grieving this loss. Big time. Kubler was spot on when she wrote, you will grieve forever. You will not get over the loss of a loved one, you will learn to live with it. You will heal, and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again, but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to.
But that’s where those new canvasses come in. They are the gateways that pull us out of our grief and into the next creative landscape. I’m actually thankful that books aren’t what they used to be. Because that reality has forced me to find new ways to express myself. From music to movies to software, the death of books has kickstarted my ambition to carve out new creative outlets for my work.
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