Quotation by Alexander Theroux

Nothing is more subtly destructive than a closed circle of artists feeding on one another. Envy grows from insignificant differences between people, not from overwhelming inequalities, so while the artists in St. Ives were less supportive of each other than envious, it was envy that forced them to emulate each other, not esteem. The curious result was that whenever you visited anyone in St. Ives, his or her house looked exactly like everyone else's.... You saw the same little objects everywhere, married in one place, committing adultery in another.
Alexander Theroux (b. 1940), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. An Adultery, pt. 2, ch. 7, New York, Simon & Schuster (1987).
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