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Friday, January 7, 2011

John Cheever

"Art is the triumph over chaos."

American Novelist / Short Story Writer
1912 - 1982

Human beings are constantly looking for the meaning of life.  Why are we here?  What is our purpose for being born?  The world can appear to be very chaotic and without meaning so most of us have a philosophical or religious lens through which we view the chaos and give it meaning.  Writers, storytellers and artists use their art to find the meaning of life.  The stories we tell about ourselves help us to give shape and purpose to our lives.  The stories we express in our art help to shape our view of the world.  The stories we share are the lens through which we see the world.  Art is a way of taking control of the chaos and for a short time believing we have won.