Michael Divine

Writings :


The Dorky Painting

Back in 2003, inspired by a chapter of a strange (and at times problematic) book The Fan Man by William Kotzwinkle, I painted "The Dorky Painting." As Kurt Vonnegut wrote in the introduction "It's like an egg: everything that is supposed to be in there is in there." There's really nothing else like it. So this painting is based on one of the chapters in the book - "Dorky Day". I can't explain it - you just need to read it. Broadly, however, it is a chapter about clearing the cobwebs from the mind. This painting was made to help clear the cobwebs of my mind.

In any case, on a whim one night, I looked up Mr. Kotzwinkle's website and sent him a link to the painting along with a short note of thanks. Below, is his response.

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