Why should art make people uncomfortable? That's the question I asked of a man who paints, writes poetry, does needlepoint (believe it or not), loves to talk and has a real job, too. His answer:
Art that doesn't make you uncomfortable says, "It's OK not to look at me if you don't feel like it."
My friend Jim [James Baker Hall], who was my teacher, said if you write a short story, you have to bend the bar.
We joke about, "Whoa, what the fuck does that mean? Bend the bar?"