I was trying to dig up a Robert Frost quote today that had something to do with my book, and I came across a great old BBC interview of Frost explaining what he meant when he said the poem is a "momentary stay against confusion."
So many gems in there.
Here's one of my favorites:
"One of the three great things in the world is gossip, you know. First there's religion; and then there's science; and there's - and then there's friendly gossip. Those are the three - the three great things. Philosophy is just a thing that trims religion, you know - that prunes it and all that. And you've got science. And you've got this: the biggest of all, is gossip - our interest in each other ."
Where does that leave us writers? Ha. Eavesdropping little gossip-mongers. Which is nothing to be ashamed of, if Frost is right:
"It is hero-worship, you see, and one of the things that makes you go, is making a hero out of somebody that nobody else had ever noticed was a hero....It's in making a book, you know. And it takes a hero to make a poem."
Which makes sitting around the house in your pajamas all day, hunched over the computer, banging its keys, sound practically noble. I mean, well, it ought to be noble. Who needs a business suit, anyway? Or a paycheck?
Right. Thanks, Rob. For justifying the insanity.
*To read the full interview, go here.
Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones
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