Friday, December 08, 2006

Books help...

“ . . . For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid pieces of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet you or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. They are full of the things that you don't get in real life—wonderful, lyrical language, for instance. And quality of attention: we may notice amazing details during the course of a day but we rarely let ourselves stop and really pay attention. An author makes you notice, makes you pay attention, and this is a great gift. My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I'm grateful for it the way I'm grateful for the ocean.”
–Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Tricia’s Thoughts:
I’ve always considered writing to be real life put in slow motion. We see clearer and understand deeper. We expect meaning and purpose. We anticipate resolution and hope. We pay attention, and for this our souls are satisfied.


Blogger Jim Thompson said...

Jan Karon's Mitford novels are a good example of living in slow motion. In them she presents setting details that place you gently but vividly on the scene. And the character details place you in their heads and behind their eyes. Some might think the writing is too "sweet," but to me it just seems real.

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