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“Zuihitsu: Following the Brush”

I don’t write books, but essays which are sometimes later collected into book form. The Japanese call essays zuihitsu, literally, “following the brush.” And it often seems to me that this is the way I write – the words just coming out of my pen, as if automatic. Or at least how I would freely talk.

My paintings, too, seem to “follow the brush,” rather than my leading it.

And I, and probably my brush as well, muse on Who the brush is following.