William Vollmann reading at the Village Voice Bookshop, Paris, 12 June 2007

My feeling is that the main characteristic of reality is that it is infinitely dense and infinitely expansive; it’s always going to be greater than an ability to perceive it. And so the job of an artist is to make something that seems to be greater than you are, that has some kind of depth, so that you don’t exhaust it when you look at it. Any additional patterns you can add, even if they’re only perceived subconsciously, are going to create a little bit more expansion and delay the inevitable moment when you’re tired of this particular piece of art and you want to go to something else.

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