The written word is weak. Many people prefer life to it. Life gets your blood going, and it smells good. Writing is mere writing, literature is mere. It appeals only to the subtlest senses--the imagination's vision, and the imagination's hearing--and the moral sense, and the intellect. This writing that you do, that so thrills you, that so rocks and exhilarates you, as if you were dancing next to the band, is barely audible to anyone else. the reader's ear must adjust down from loud life to the subtle, imaginary sounds of the written word. An ordinary reader picking up a book can't yet hear a thing; it will take half an hour to pick up the writing's modulations, its ups and downs and louds and softs.Annie Dillard gets it, far better than I do.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Although I'm tempted to put more than a few paragraphs from Annie Dillard's The Writing Life in blockquotes. I'll stop at one:
Monday, October 13, 2008
Stewie, from Family Guy:
Family Guy may be self-referential at times, but it's much smarter about it and therefore hilarious.Sometimes I think we're too clever for our own good. Most comedies are awful and unfunny because we've heard it all before. It becomes very tiring.
One more quote:
[riding a circus elephant]It's funny because it's true.
Peter Griffin: Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change.
Anyway, I'm procrastinating.