Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time and many other gloriously deep and imaginative books for children and adolescents, has passed away at 88. She wrote children's books because, she explained, "You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children." She wrote about and deeply believed in embracing the paradox of life in a world that is simultaneously physical and spiritual:
The world of science lives fairly comfortably with paradox. We know that light is a wave, and also that light is a particle. The discoveries made in the infinitely small world of particle physics indicate randomness and chance, and I do not find it any more difficult to live with the paradox of a universe of randomness and chance and a universe of pattern and purpose than I do with light as a wave and light as a particle. Living with contradiction is nothing new to the human being.
And, for her, it was the artist's response that best captured, and best honored, the paradoxical nature of reality:
Our truest responsibility to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find the truth.