none of this belongs to me

"Any idea is actually an unstable, shifting intersection between between myself and whatever I was encountering."

when I try to think about thinking, for instance retracing where an idea of mine came from, the limitations of English force me to say “I” produced an “idea”. But none of these things are stable entities, and this grammatical relationship among them is misleading. The “idea” isn’t a finished product with identifiable boundaries that one moment sprung into being — one of the reasons artists so hate the interviews question, “So what was your inspiration for this?” Any idea is actually an unstable, shifting intersection between between myself and whatever I was encountering.

Jenny O'Dell
How To Do Nothing

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