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On writing & storytelling

  • "In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising."

    Pauline Kael, film critic. Newsweek (Dec. 24, 1973).

  • "It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about."

    Tom Brokaw, NBC News

  • "A play is fiction —and fiction is fact distilled into truth."

    Edward Albee, NYT. 18 Sep 66

  • “It is the business of fiction to embody mystery through manners, and mystery is a great embarrassment to the modern mind.”

    Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners.

  • "Fine art is the subtlest, the most seductive, the most effective instrument of moral propaganda in the world, excepting only the example of personal conduct".

    George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, the author’s apology.

  • "Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another."

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton, All Things Considered.

  • "A writer is not a confectioner, a cosmetic dealer, or an entertainer. He is a man who has signed a contract with his conscious and his sense of duty."

    Anton Chekhov

  • "For a country to have a great writer ... is like having another government. That’s why no régime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones."

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle.

  • "There is a certain embarrassment about being a storyteller in these times when stories are considered not quite as satisfying as statements and statements not quite as satisfying as statistics; but in the long run, a people is known, not by its statements or its statistics, but by the stories it tells."

    Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners.

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