Absolutely without a doubt. I have never thought as writing as a “hobby”. It is a part of me. It’s who I am.
The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.
Speech at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Metropolitan Museum of Art American Wing, May 18, 2009