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Heart of the City by Steenz for March 27, 2002
Dean: As a child, Charles Dickens worked in a blackening factory to support his family...it inspired a lot of his later books. Do you think our artistic potential is never completely realized because we live such easy lives? Heart: I don't know what it is, but I'm pretty sure I'd take working in a blackening factory over square dancing in gym. Dean: I guess it's all relative.
I don’t know how true that whole idea of great art requiring suffering is. An author can churn out some garbage, and one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.