Friday, September 08, 2006

What Do You Intend To Say?

Critics and commentators usually misunderstand writing altogether, [Barry] Lopez says. “I have had interviews on radio and television where the anchor—and this is the same with some critics and academics—asks questions about what I intended to do, to say, to achieve in my writing, as though the writing is intentional or purposive. They think that you sit down to write down what it is that you think about something. Writing does not work like this at all. I sit and write, and in the writing I am simply present—with the thought, the place, the idea. It arrives.”

-- from The Land's Wild Music, by Mark Tredinnick, a book I'm reviewing for the (rapidly) forthcoming issue of Terrain.org

1 comment:

shann said...

sounds like a great start from this author-