There is no such thing as an artist: there is only the world, lit or unlit as the light allows. When the candle is burning, who looks at the wick? When the candle is out, who needs it? But the world without light is wasteland and chaos, and a life without sacrifice is abomination.
-Annie Dillard, Holy The Firm
When there's nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire.
-Stars, "Your Ex-Lover is Dead"