In the WSJ this morning, Stuart Isacoff wrote the following:
Philosopher Martin Buber said of art in his masterpiece, 'I and Thou' , that the creation of great art involves both a sacrifice and a risk. The sacrifice is the endless possiblility offered up on the altar of form: Like a prophet the artist labors to bring down to earth the beauty of the eternal, unseen worlds. The risk arises because true artistic expression must be uttered by the whole self, with no protective buffer against the world.
Do you know any of these courageous folk? It is to be sincerely hoped. I've encountered a few. Precious, indeed.