January 31st, 2007

book and glasses

Through a glass darkly

"There is writing which resembles the mosaics of glass you see in stained-glass windows. Such windows are beautiful in themselves and let in the light in coloured fragments, but you can't expect to see though them. Int he same way, there is poetic writing that is beautiful in itself and can easily affect the emotions, but such writing can be dense and can make for hard reading if you are trying to figure out what's happening.

"Plate galss, on the other hand, has no beauty of its own. Ideally, you ought not to be able to see it ata all, but though it you can see all that is happening outside. That is the equivalent of writing that is plain and unadorned. Ideally, in reading such writing, you are not even aware that you are reading. Ideas and events seems merely to flow from the mind of the writing into that of the reader without any barrier between."

From Isaac Asimov's autobiography.

Okay, I really WILL be good today and go and do hopefully a LOT of work on the New Novel. In the meantime, feel free to discuss the above amongst yourselves if you feel so inclined.