“To write a novel means to carry the incommensurable to extremes in the representation of human life. In the midst of life’s fullness, and through the representation of this fullness, the novel gives evidence of the profound perplexity of the living.”—The Storyteller, Walter Benjamin
“Apropos of sleep, that sinister adventure of all our nights, we may say that men go to bed daily with an audacity that would be incomprehensible if we did not know that it is the result of ignorance of the danger.”—
Charles Baudelaire, who was admired by Benjamin. His poems and quotations occupy many pages of the the Arcades Project manuscript.
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dated, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”—Stephen King, ‘On Writing’ (via eudainoia)
Sorry for the last message. I wanted to ask you, as a writer , how do you think a story can have so much impact on a person? What's really magical about books, in your opinion?
I think about this a good bit. For me, books are a far more intimate connection between reader and writer than other mediums I work in. In film or tv, the audience is supplied with both the story and the visuals - little imagination needed to follow along.
A book is a shared creation. I may write the words - but the world they evoke is the reader’s own. This shared creation makes writing worthwhile, for me at least. And I think it’s why the written word isn’t going out of style anytime soon.