Search This Blog

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Samuel Delany on the power of writing about cities

"I grew up in Harlem, a block away from what was then.... [s]omething like ten thousand people lived in one city block.... The strong interactions only come into play when the particles [or people] are extremely close.... Those are the interactions readers want to see in novels. At the same time, paradoxically, cities can be dreadfully isolating places."
-- Samuel R. Delany, The Art of Fiction No. 210 [Paris Review Interview by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah]

No comments:

Post a Comment