The Sheer Privilege of Being

Bernard Malamud

Are you saying art is moral? (a question asked of Bernard Malamud in Paris Review Interview 1974)

It tends toward morality. Morality begins with an awareness of the sanctity of one’s life, hence the lives of others—even Hitler’s, to begin with—the sheer privilege of being, in this miraculous cosmos, and trying to figure out why. Art, in essence, celebrates life and gives us our measure.


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