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Monday, August 12, 2013

Samuel R. Delany on maintaining a multipurpose literary mind

"To assume that 'putting all your talent into the service of a single idea' necessarily involves something fundamentally different from concentrating on the precision, energy, and ekphrastic force of the single sentence is to commit one of those logical slips Orwell described so well in his essay “Politics and the English Language,” the one he calls “operators” or “verbal false limbs,” assuming there are differences and oppositions where there are really developments and continuities."
-- Samuel R. Delany, The Art of Fiction No. 210 [Paris Review Interview by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah]

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