Sam Shepard’s death earlier this week provoked a wealth of authors, admirers, and well-wishers to write or remember their experiences with him, including a moving and timely piece from the wonders over at Brainpickings. Sam Shepard was a man who wore many hats, with such talents crossing from author into play-writing and screenwriting, and sometimes directing.
For this week’s inspiration post, I bring you Shepard’s advice on the subject of love, a topic that, of course, brings inspiration of its own. The article comes from the personal writings and letters between Shepard between him and a close friend and appear in Two Prospectors: The Letters of Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark.
For Shepard, who had a three-plus decade relationship with actress Jessica Lange, love was about meeting a fellow person at their exact moment of aloneness, which evokes a kind of “mutual awakening” in each other.
I love this woman in a way I can’t describe & a feeling of belonging to each other that reaches across all the pain. It’s as though we’ve answered something in each other that was almost forgotten. I look back on the whole ten years in California & I see myself hunting desperately for something I wasn’t finding. […]finding Jessie has reaching something inside me. A part of me that feels brand new — re-awakened.
[…] fear stems from being alone in the world & it has a new meaning for me now. You can be alone in the midst of people or you can be alone & join with the other one’s aloneness. There can be a real meeting between two people at the point where they always felt marooned. Right at the edge.
This is but an excerpt, but I encourage you (as always) to go read the whole piece over on Brainpickings or the book of Shepard and Dark’s letters with some expert analysis too.
Enjoy your weekend, lovers!