You are correct that no work is ever finished, merely abandoned at some point. That is the nature of "making," isn't it? I once stumbled onto the quote (I can no longer recall who said it): "Text is infinitely perfectible." Well, while true, you can imagine the cul de sac that such a notion might lead to, especially for those temperamentally disposed to perfectionism--or completism.
You are also correct that "happenstance" is a critical element of same. In this, although it is my habit to keep the two silo-ed as much as I can manage to do so, Art is much like Life, no?
Needless to say, dogmatism is death. As is orthodoxy. Both run precisely counter to the sort of open-minded, open-ended, intellectual curiosity that is to be prized by those of us who wish to do work of some possible merit.
Kenny ... Is the St. Johns interview available anywhere?
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