Joan Didion on the power of grammar

On the Brainpickings website today, I stumbled into a few collections of Joan Didion’s thoughts, loved everything she had to say, and immediately bought two Didion books. 🙂 ♥ Here’s a favorite quote from her talk on “Why I Write“… All I know about grammar is its infinite power. To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of[…]

If this isn’t nice, what is?

I just opened Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and fell in love this dedication. DEDICATION For Alex Vonnegut, Special Agent, with love All persons, places, and events in this book are real. Certain speeches and thoughts are necessarily constructions by the author. No names have been changed to protect the innocent, since God[…]

David Foster Wallace on Television’s Value to Fiction Writers

David Foster Wallace, on how television can be great for writers… First, television does a lot of our predatory human research for us. American human beings are a slippery and protean bunch in real life, hard as hell to get any kind of universal handle on. But television comes equipped with just such a handle.[…]