I thought to share quotes from some of the stories and articles I’ve read this week, but they were mostly depressing and/or terrifying (like the Atlantic piece on the election). Instead, I wanted to share a site that I love to explore, especially when the news gets to be too much (which is often). It’s The Red Hand Files, a personal blog where singer/songwriter Nick Cave answers questions from readers and fans about anything from writing to death.
Daniel from Sydney, Australia, asked: What is shyness?
Here is part of Cave’s response:
Shyness is the tentative sound of the orchestra tuning up before the symphony begins. It is a beautiful, fractured piece of music in itself. It is the orchestra attempting to find its shared intent and is over all too quickly if you ask me.
He occasionally combines readers’ questions, which he does here, also answering the question, “What was your first date with your wife like?”
My wife, Susie, has a hummingbird shyness. In social situations she displays herself for a magical, weightless moment then darts away.
The remainder of his response is just as beautiful.
Cave’s writing grounds and calms me. The Red Hand Files is a lovely little space he’s created on the internet. I recommend it, even if you’re not necessarily a fan of his music.