To say anything too directly in art is “preposterous,” says novelist Robert Stone.
What he tries to do instead is “choose words that open up deeper and deeper levels of existence”.
How? “By sustaining a sound that perfectly serves the narrative and that, at the same time, relates through a series of associations to the larger questions” that the work is trying to address.
In this task, he says, “Irony is my friend and brother. ‘Minding true things by what their mockery be’. There’s only one subject for fiction or poetry or even a joke –- how it is.
In all the arts the payoff is always the same: recognition. If it works, you say that’s real, that’s true, that’s life, that’s the way things are.
“’There it is’.”
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