Anything that animates us creatively in a positive way — be it the grand design of a great architectural wonder or the Big Bang of a child’s drawing — is a re-enactment of the original creation story. Whether we realise it or not, making art is a religious encounter as it is our attempts to grow beyond ourselves that energise the soul of the universe.

Nick Cave, Red Hand Files Issue #131

I’m not a huge fan of Nick’s music (although there are one or two songs I love), but I really look forward to these letters. Often a welcome respite from the noisy, thoughtless messages that seem to surround us these days.

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