“When you’re not religious, sacredness means something that fills you with awe.
The creation of something awe-striking requires a pure offering, an opening up to the universe. It’s not always an act of risk, that could land you “in the clink” or with a broken body or with your blood trickling out onto the sidewalk, but it’s always an act of uncertainty, of changing molecules into something that wasn’t there before.
I think it might be brave.”
-Elizabeth Bachner at Bookslut
There is a refreshing sense of unbridled enthusiasm, non-ironic celebratoriness and the glee of a passionate polymath in almost all of Elizabeth Bachner’s essays but this one I find particularly wonderful.