.. [T]he tension between interior, creative life and exterior, “normal” life is a great source of conflict in any real artist’s life. It can take great willpower – great selfishness or great sacrifice- to resolve the conflict, and any resolution is unlikely to be lasting.
. . . But of course, almost everything in society militates against interior life. We are more rushed, more social and communicative, less reticent about matters that once stayed private, and more forcibly subjected to the standardizing forces of the media and the market.
Sebastian Smee The Australian Literary Review December 6 2006