The word “art” is something the West has never understood. Art is supposed to be a part of a community. Like, scholars are supposed to be a part of a community… Art is to decorate people’s houses, their skin, their clothes, to make them expand their minds, and it’s supposed to be right in the community, where they can have it when they want it… It’s supposed to be as essential as a grocery store… that’s the only way art can function naturally.

Amiri Baraka (via iloverainandcoffee)

Black ink drawings by Leonard Baskin on the cover of the first paperback editions of Buber’s Tales of the Hasidim.

In these image-hungry, egoistic times, perhaps one should be malamati in order to conserve the truth.