From a letter Walter Benjamin wrote to Gerhard Scholem on May 23, 1917:
"I want everything that goes together lined up side by side. This is the only way I can work."
I can't relate how often I've been extraordinarily (and defeatedly) reluctant to say anything of length about a given topic because I feel inadequate about my understanding of its contexts--a work of art within the artist's (or school's, or movement's) corpus, or within its historical and material world.
I'm trying desperately to remedy this and be more productive, and to go out on a limb once and a while without being sloppy about it.
(Have I also mentioned how much I despise ice cream trucks now that I've moved to Queens?)