“I think of beauty as an absolute necessity. I don’t think it’s a privilege or an indulgence, it’s not even a quest. I think it’s almost like knowledge, which is to say, it’s what we were born for. I think finding, incorporating and then representing beauty is what humans do. With or without authorities telling us what it is, I think it would exist in any case. The startle and the wonder of being in this place. This overwhelming beauty—some of it is natural, some of it is man-made, some of it is casual, some of it is a mere glance—is an absolute necessity. I don’t think we can do without it anymore than we can do without dreams or oxygen.”
Find your notebook and a pencil. Walk out of your house or apartment building and turn to face the building where you live. Trace the line that the rooftop of your dwelling makes on the page. Write one sentence that will protect you while you sleep that night, along the top of the line that you just drew. Draw a line that traces the bottom of your house. Underneath write a sentence to tell your sleeping self a secret.