Kafka’s Ax and Art

Jeanne Murray Walker in her essay, “Breaking the Illusions: What Playwrights Owe to Actors,” in the journal IMAGE (summer, 2005):
“Kafka said that art is like an ax that chops through the frozen sea within us” (p.88).

This is why I write, play, and listen to music. This is why I paint and look at art. This is why I write and read. This is why I watch movies. This is why I teach and listen to teachers.

When we crystallize ourselves into a position, most often it has the effect of freezing us. We solidify and harden. We become impenetrable and calloused. I appreciate art in all forms, and I welcome the ax. I don’t want to be frozen, but fluid.

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.


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