Friday, July 29, 2011

Mud is mud: notes toward an essay on the art of fiction

Clarity is not accessibility.

Accessibility is not simplistic.

Brevity isn't minimalism.

Oblique is often too much distance.

Less is not always more.

Excess is not experimental.

One room needs to be in relation to the next.

Quantity is not quality.

Distillation takes time.

Ideas in abundance are not enough.

Murky is not mysterious.

Language isn't firm.

Words aren't sentences.

Under genius one discovers structure.

Difficult is more often undercooked.

An end is more often a pause.

Mud is mud is mud.

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