By and large, there is a single reason why any artist gains an audience: he talks about us. He explains us to ourselves. While our friends, partners, children, bosses and colleagues will, as a rule of thumb, widely eschew embarking on penetrating analyses of our truest thoughts, or the deepest workings of our hearts, artists wade in there and write whole albums, or fill entire art galleries, or improvise 90 minutes of stand-up comedy about us, and what we’re like, and what we think. And this is why we, on many occasions, do things that show we love our artists more than our loved ones. At least they notice us. At least they start conversations.
Caitlin Moran, excerpted in The Winter’s Tale by Benjamin Cook and Russell T. Davies
“Anyway, I love that Caitlin Moran quote. I’m not sure I agree with it either, but I love the way she wades in, never scared of showing her workings in the margin. God, she’s clever. Though maybe she makes the whole process sound more generous and beneficent by saying that an artist ‘talks about us’. How kind. But maybe it’s ‘talks about himself’. He just does it so well that everyone recognises it.” - Russell T. Davies