Loss: The Exact Reason to Read and Write

Given the times we live in, I’ve noticed more articles and books, for writers and artists, discussing the value and importance of pursuing creative endeavors, such as:

Keep Going

Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon

Your Art Will Save Your Life

Your Art Will Save Your Life by Beth Pickens

The Gift Lewis Hyde

The Gift by Lewis Hyde, first published about 40 years ago, re-released this fall

In the latest and final Glimmer Train bulletin, author Bret Anthony Johnston writes eloquently about the losses we’re all now experiencing—including the loss of Glimmer Train itself. (Its last issue has now been printed and sent.) He says:

[Loss] can make fiction—reading it, writing it—feel like an obnoxious waste of time. And maybe it is. … But what if all of this loss is the exact reason to read? To write? This is what I keep thinking; this is the rope to which I cling. What if stories are the light that will enable us to navigate the dark?

Read his full piece, Even in the Gathering Darkness.

As anyone who’s read Glimmer Train knows, it has been a publication with a singular and special mission, not once veering off-course. I greatly admire how its founder-editors have chosen their exit; may the light of their work shine for many years to come.

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