a) “The french poet Paul Valéry wrote “Un ouvrage n’est jamais achevé…mais abandonné.” Later on, both Gore Vidal and Oscar Wilde adapted that quote to make a similar argument. You might know it best as, “A work of art is never finished, merely abandoned.””
b: “A work released out into the world no longer belongs to the artist. It belongs to his or her fans, and that could be difficult for the creator to accept.
The musician Nick Cave recently wrote, “Personally, when I write a song and release it to the public, I feel it stops being my song. It has been offered up to my audience and they, if they care to, take possession of that song and become its custodian. The integrity of the song now rests not with the artist, but with the listener.” “