Does such a thing as "the fatal flaw," that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature?
I suppose the shock of recognition is one of the nastiest shocks of all.
There is nothing wrong with the love of Beauty. But Beauty-unless she is wed to something more meaningful-is always superficial
And as we leave Donne and Walton on the shores of Metahemeralism, we wave a fond farewell to those famous chums of yore.
Twelve years after Robin's death, no one knew any more about how he had ended up hanged from a tree in his own yard than they had on the day it happened.
Children - if you think back really what it was like to be a child and what it was like to know other children - children lie all the time.
Think Really You
Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction.
Actually, I enjoy the process of writing a big long novel.
I believe, in a funny way, the job of the novelist is to be out there on the fringes and speaking for an experience that has not really been spoken for.
Job Out Experience
I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most minor walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive.
Where Tradition Love
But romantic vision can also lead one away from certain very hard, ugly truths about life that are important to know.
About Vision Also
I just finished writing an essay about William Maxwell, an American writer whose work I admire very much.
Just Very Admire