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The best stories don’t come from “good vs. bad” but “good vs. good.
Leo Tolstoy

But if art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen, how could it be that humanity for a certain rather considerable period of its existence (from the time people ceased to believe in Church doctrine down to the present day) should exist without this important activity, and, instead of it, should put up with an insignificant artistic activity only affording pleasure?
–from What is Art? (1897)

‘Tolstoy said, happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story – then what does that make us?’

John Geddes

(FB 19/9/2016)