"Being an artist doesn't take much, just everything you got."

"being an artist doesn't take much,
just everything you got.
Which means, of course,
that as the process is giving you life,
it is also bringing you closer to death.
But it's no big deal.
They are one and the same and
cannot be avoided or denied.
So when I totally embrace
this process, this life/death,
and abandon myself to it,
I transcend all this gibberish
and hang out with the gods.
It seems to me that that is worth
the price of admission."

-Hubert Selby Jr.

Stunningly put.