We’re all so afraid of falling through the cracks, of being forgotten, but Tompkins reminds us that if we don’t want to be forgotten, leave something that will last; that helps. Bear the tension between the terror of being watched and the terror of never being looked at, at all. Bear the tension of not knowing whether we’re crazy or everyone else is.
And whatever we do—let’s keep making art.
Heather Kingis a Catholic convert, sober alcoholic, and writer whose most recent book is STRIPPED: Cancer, Culture and The Cloud of Unknowing. She speaks nationwide and blogs at Heather King: Mystery, Smarts, Laughs. For more, see her new About page.