“The writer must be four people:
The nut; [that is] the obsédé [the obsessed]
The stylist and
(1) Supplies the material; (2) lets it come out; (3) is taste; (4) is intelligence. A great writer has all four—but you can still be a good writer with only 1 and 2; they’re most important.”
We remember through stories. Most of the elements of our lives—our experiences, knowledge, dreams, hopes, and wishes—all create and thrive on story. It’s clearly how our distant ancestors learned, how countless parents, mentors, and teachers conveyed knowledge and wisdom through the ages, by first focusing on what their offspring needed to know to survive, and later ...