Archive for the ‘Indeterminancy’ Category

Levi Bryant on character in novels:

Characters in novels should be written from the outside in, gradually revealing themselves through the perspectives of other characters…  The being of the character should always be slipping away, unclear, fraught… The identity of a character should be like a mystery in a detective novel, but without resolution. The points of view should say more about the person who views than what is viewed. But even that should slip away and be elusive…

More at “Characters” (and the comments are interesting, too).

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You never know what you’re really doing, do you? Like a spider, you are in the middle of your own web.

James Salter, from the Paris Review