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"there are so many things that art can’t do. it can’t bring the dead back to life, it can’t mend arguments between friends, or cure aids, or halt the pace of climate change. all the same, it does have some extraordinary functions, some odd negotiating ability between people, including people who never meet and yet who infiltrate and enrich each other’s lives. it does have a capacity to create intimacy; it does have a way of healing wounds, and

better yet of making it apparent that not all wounds need healing and not all scars are ugly."

- olivia laing. (2016). the lonely city.