Inner Preacher vs Inner Teacher

Between message and meaning, “Art is co-created by artist and audience, by writer and reader.” In this Ursula K. Le Guin essay, Maria Popova explores the questions of where to find strength and hope, what is a writer’s calling in this time and place, what work will make a difference, and how we might create a community of purpose. To each, Le Guin’s answer is in trying to write well. Writing is not the “vehicle of a message.” It is lines of words that try to express things that are true and important. Truths are not put there but revealed “out of the corner of (the reader’s) eye.” It is not preached, but taught in the “area of silence, that empty space, in which other and further truths and perceptions can form in other minds.”