Brandon C. Long: As I said before, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with it. I googled “The Only Magic Left is Art” around early 2009 and to my surprise there was not one single match. Not even a partial. It blew my mind that not one person had at least used the phrase or some variation of it before. Perhaps in real life, but nothing that was recorded on the internet at that time.
It was then I decided I had to get this out there. Eventually I came upon a blogging platform called Tumblr. I wondered to myself if there were other people like me, just people going through a really big hurdle or struggle in their life. Stuck in a dead-beat job wishing they could live their dreams of being an artist. Could this Manifesto affect them the same way it affected me? I knew what I had to do. So I started the blog.