larry over at the OF Blog has written a lovely post on fuentes. the passage he translated: gorgeous, profound. will be thinking about it all day now.
i have not read fuentes since my first year of college. i am overdue to revisit him (where the eff is my terra nostra?). as i am overdue to (re)visit so much in literature.
(thinking about fuentes is making me think about my reading in general: how there are never enough hours for it all, how weblike reading is: any one book brings five more into view.)
(i do not think anyone can read too much or too broadly. everything stretches you, even the dreck. it is like viewing facets of the world, reflected back at you; it is like a conversation; it is the only art form that consistently changes how i think.)
(i do not think you can be a writer, and read only one genre, one style, one type of writing. or one country’s literature, while we’re on the subject.)
(it eases the blow to see that fuentes was looking his same dapper, foxy self right up to the end. please, please, let me hit 83 and look that good.)
a very frustrating weekend of mixed-up plans and feeling under the weather meant that, other than writing down a little piece (conceived upon awakening in the wee hours of sunday morning but feeling too ill to actually drag myself out of bed and write it all out) nothing got done on any writerly front. so, to get back into some kind of groove, started this morning with a little reading instead:
catherynne valente’s silently and very fast is quite, quite lovely:
it reminded me to slow the eff down. you don’t get something that jewel-like in a week or even a month (or maybe ms. valente does; i certainly do not). but i get impatient, the moreso now because the writing feels like starting from scratch again, going back to the beginning again.
a life struggle, me and the patience thing.
also this little article which of course makes my heart pitterpatter:
yes please. more of this and less of the grim websites that say things like “if your project is over 150k then cut it, otherwise it doesn’t stand a chance.”
ideas. story. craft. patience.