The not-knowing is crucial to art

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Mercer Street (The Possibility Of Having The Mind Move In Unanticipated Directions) ©MAIERMOUL

 A writer is someone who, embarking upon a task, does not know what to do… The not-knowing is crucial to art, it is what permits art to be made.

Without the scanning process engendered by not-knowing, without the possibility of having the mind move in unanticipated directions, there would be no invention.

– Donald Barthelme
Not-knowing : the essays and interviews of Donald Barthelme, Kim A. Herzinger