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Beauty is truth, truth beauty~that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss
Of what we cannot speak we must remain silent.
The art of writing is an art of seduction. Or, for those readers who
prefer the term craft: the craft of writing is a craft of seduction.
Purely as an art, that is all writing is: the inducing of a hypnotic
trance by a line of words on paper, on a screen. The art is at its
most potent when it not only rivets the reader's attention, but when
the writing~from individual phrases to particular scenes, characters,
images, ideas, even the tone~haunts the reader's mind long after he
has tossed the text aside. The writer has the greatest success when
he dominates the mind of the reader, for days, years, a lifetime.
We all know writing that has had such an effect on us: the work of
a Dostoyevsky, a Kafka, a Doris Lessing, a Faulkner, a Nietzsche.
The Bible. Such is the