Sometimes, I imagine my own life as a series of snapshots taken by some omniscient artist who is just keeping track--not interfering or saying anything, just capturing the moment for me to look back at it again later. . . This is the way it is, the photograph says, and I nod my head in appreciation. The power of art is in that nod of appreciation, though sometimes I puzzle nothing out, and the nod is more a shrug. No, I do not understand this one, but I see it. I take it in. I will think about it. If I sit with this image long enough, this story, I have the hope of understanding something I did not understand before. And that, too, is art, the best art.
--Dorothy Allison from "This is Our World"