Πέμπτη, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2016

Edmund White, The Art of Fiction No. 105

“I would say a novelist’s proper job is to be sensitive to the way things look. I agree with Conrad that fiction is primarily a visual medium, and that there is something very concrete and valuable and eternal in any accurate description of the way things look. No one would ever require fiction to be totally divorced from its period; in fact, most people believe, and I believe, that the more it’s anchored in a specific locale, period and milieu, the more universal it is. This is quite different from, for instance, espousing a Freudian view of sexuality and imposing that in a rigid way on your characters, and then ten years later a Foucaultian view—because then you get a roman à thèse. After all, fiction writers are not professional thinkers.”

 —Edmund White, born on this day in 1940

Paris Review

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