‘The Reason to Have Hope’ — Part 2 of the Hunter Biden and Moby Interview
Part 2 of Moby’s interview with Hunter Biden celebrates how becoming an artist was part of his salvation
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‘Hope Is the Thing With Feathers’
Part 2 of music artist Moby’s interview with his friend Hunter Biden is a celebration of his art. He paints hummingbirds — the things he sees in his garden. He, like me, is a birder in recovery. For me, the birds came first and helped guide me out of broadcast news and into a meaningful life.
For Biden, the birds that he paints are his salvation. I know a bit about hummingbirds, the tenacious fighters of our natural world. The males will literally push themselves to the brink of death in the battle for domination. I always think of them as the James Cagney of the bird-verse.
One quote that is very meaningful to Biden comes from Ernest Hemingway:
“The world breaks everyone and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”—Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
And one quote that is very meaningful to me, is this one below from Biden:
“You would think that someone who has gone through the darkness that I describe in my book, that when I decided to reveal myself through my art, that that’s what my work would reflect… but I’ve seen the darkness, I’ve visited that place, I never want to go back. It’s not a place that I want the world to experience. What I have experienced in recovery, and the expression of my art is a reflection of the light, the beautiful things, the reason to have hope. Everything that I paint is some kind of abstract version of something beautiful... Birds are the greatest harbingers of hope.”
—Hunter Biden on Moby Pod, Part 1
I often think of a quote from the writer Kurt Vonnegut, when he wrote about what he thought was the greatest contribution to civilization from America.
“What has been America's most nurturing contribution to the culture of this planet so far? Many would say jazz. I, who love jazz, will say this instead: Alcoholics Anonymous.”—Kurt Vonnegut
I hope Hunter Biden keeps coming back.
Here is a link to his interview with Moby:
For Part 1, please go here:
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