It’s been a while since self has quoted anything from the grand, old New York Times Book Review. These days, she tends to quote more from The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
But — hello? Will wonders never cease? Here she is, at the tail end of summer, ready to quote from The New York Times Book Review of Sunday, 11 August 2013.
The quote is from documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (He made The Thin Blue Line), and it comes to us courtesy of Tania James, in her review of Nikita Lalwani’s “powerful second novel,” The Village.
Morris, according to Ms. James, calls “the claims of cinéma vérité — the style of documentary that privileges direct and unobtrusive observation — ‘spurious.’ “
She quotes Morris saying: “Style does not guarantee truth. The use of available light and a handheld camera does not mean that what you are doing is any more truthful than anything else. Truth is a pursuit, it’s a quest.”
You’re so right, Errol! She’ll be using your quote in her future creative writing classes, for sure!