Fiona Maazel’s End Paper Essay in the NYTBR (31 March 2013)

Too tired to do much except quote, this evening.  Bella The Ancient One seems uncommonly hungry.

The excerpt below is from Fiona Maazel’s very interesting essay, “A Crack in the Darkness,” in the NYTBR of 31 March 2013:

That old dictum, write what you know?  I’ve always thought that was terrible advice.  Most of us don’t know much.  And what we do know can feel shopworn in the retelling.  Shopworn or just divested of emotional content.  Sometimes, the things we’re closest to —  in our lives, for instance —  are the very things we least want to examine with rigor.

So I prefer:  Write what you can learn about.  Alternately:  write what interests you.  Because it interests you for a reason, and that reason probably has to do with the rough stuff of your inner life.  Put differently, writing about things you don’t know seems a useful, albeit sneaky, gateway to material you cannot access otherwise.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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