“…Reading A Good Book Is the Most Nourishing Thing You Can Do”

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Sitting at my doctor’s office – because this year is the year I’m finally taking care of myself – I spied this quote from one of the magazines in the waiting room.

Benedict…gotta love him!

Guillermo del Toro on Imperfection

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“Well, I have said this in the past, so I hope i don’t bore you by repeating it, but I think that we live or die under the tyranny of perfection. Socially, we are pushed towards being perfect. Physically, beautiful to conform to standards that are cruel and uncommon, to behave and lead our lives in a certain way, to demonstrate to the world that we are happy and healthy and all full of sunshine. We are told to always smile and never sweat, by multiple commercials of shampoo or beer.

And I feel that the most achievable goal of our lives is to have the freedom that imperfection gives us.  And there is no better patron saint of imperfection than a monster.

We will try really hard to be angels, but I think that a balanced, sane life is to accept the monstrosity in ourselves and others as part of what being human is. Imperfection, the acceptance of imperfection, leads to tolerance and liberates us from social models that I find horrible and oppressive.”

— Guillermo del Toro

Character, I Think, Is The Single Most Important Thing In Fiction

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“Character, I think, is the single most important thing in fiction. You might read a book once for its interesting plot—but not twice.”

– Diana Gabaldon

Learning From Other Writers

The things we learn from reading other writers’ works…

 

William Faulkner

“It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.”

-William Faulkner

Young William Faulkner in Paris, 1925
Young William Faulkner in Paris, 1925