The critics be damned!
It is never right to ask an artist, whether old or young, what a painting, a piece of writing or a musical composition means, says my friend Sally. Many of us seem to have accepted that principle where the graphic arts and music are concerned, but when there’s something in writing, we expect it to open its meaning to us immediately, and if it doesn’t, we want an interpretation. We demand an interpretation! A host of critics are depending on us for their livelihoods.
Not so, says Sally. You must make of these what you will. They’re yours to understand in any way you choose.