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On Fiction: by Neil Gaiman, for the introduction to Fahrenheit 451

Dec 13, 2014   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Quote  //  No Comments

“Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.”

I’ve had people tell me that they prefer non-fiction books, because fiction isn’t real. For me, the best fiction I’ve read tunnels deep into the truest truths that can’t be explained in any other way than through the imagination. There are so many times I want to explain something important to someone else, but couldn’t gather together the right words. Instead, I’d find pieces of fiction and think, “Here, instead of telling them what I need to, this will show them in a way that they will understand instinctively. That, my friends, is the importance of fiction: understanding.

From the movie “The Dead Poets Society”

Sep 8, 2014   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Quote, Thoughts  //  No Comments

In honor of Robin Williams, a quote from “The Dead Poets Society”, which taught me how to be my own person and was one of the first times I understood how to “seize the day” in a positive way.

John Keating: We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

Language is what connects us to the future. We are communicating to people who may be born long after we’ve left this earth. So, what will your verse be? Not just in writing, but in your own life? Who are you? What mark will you leave on this world? I guarantee you will leave a mark, no matter how invisible you believe yourself to be right now. Every step you take exerts a force upon this earth, every word you say leaves a wake in the air molecules, and every sentence you write contributes a verse to the human play that carries on through the years.

What will your verse be?

A Personal Story from Neil Gaiman

May 31, 2014   //   by Christina   //   Quote  //  No Comments

“My cousin Helen, who is in her 90s now, was in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. She and a bunch of the girls in the ghetto had to do sewing each day.  And if you were found with a book, it was an automatic death penalty.  She had gotten hold of a copy of ‘Gone with the Wind’, and she would take three or four hours out of her sleeping time each night to read.  And then, during the hour or so when they were sewing the next day, she would tell them all the story.  These girls were risking certain death for a story.  And when she told me that story herself, it actually made what I do feel more important.  Because giving people stories is not a luxury.  It’s actually one of the things that you live and die for.”

 

Sometimes, creative artists aren’t regarded as producing anything “useful”.  I think this quote was encouraging to me in my pursuit of a writing career.  I hope it’s as encouraging to you.