Art Spiegelman created some of the greatest literature of the 20th century by translating his and his family’s history into indelible art.
At the same time, he thinks it is more complicated than simply putting one’s thoughts, worries, and pain on the page. As he told Vulture:
Therapy is vomiting things up. Art is about eating your own vomit. There’s a therapeutic aspect to all making, but the nature of working is to compress, condense, and shape stuff, not to just expunge it. It’s not just an exorcism…
There can be nothing braver than coming clean in your writing.
But bravery is just the starting point.