Thursday, 23 July 2009

So It Goes

In one of his masterpieces Kurt Vonnegut says, to paraphrase, that people read books so they can find that they're not the only ones who think or feel in a particular way. He also suggests this should be reason enough for writers to write even if their points of view seem singular. And so on.

Or so I have interpreted it.

What I have to add to this is that once a writer as described above is identified, his or her writings also become an invaluable source of ideas about how to further ourselves along the lines of our, now shared, beliefs. So, not only do we find in others' writings a blueprint to our own minds as we find them at the time, but also a blueprint to a possible extension. Or even a nice gazebo. And so on.

Or so I have always felt myself.

Hi ho.