Thursday, 27 December 2007

Writing in a blog

In a recent interview Richard Ford, the American novelist, said that ‘what uncovers truth is the habit of art. It’s when you think, “I've got to make something out of this for someone else, which I will make well enough that they can make use of it.”’

Uncovering truth is putting it a bit strong for what I'm trying to do, but if the ‘habit of art’ is trying to make what will mean something to someone else, that fits. ‘When you do that, when you turn away from yourself and toward some anonymous person, then I think you have a chance of making up something that might in fact be true.’ Or at least interesting.

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