Nice feature on Brian Selznick in today’s New York Times: Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Books – New York Times.
Daily Archives: January 26, 2008
With Moist, Pratchett manages a neat trick. All of the other characters (save the villainous Lavishes) comment on how charming and resourceful he is, and then Pratchett makes him appear charming and resourceful to us as well. This is no small feat; it’s like a ballplayer pointing to a section of the bleachers before knocking the next pitch there. Writing is supposedly about showing, not telling, and Pratchett has gone ahead and done both.
(Thanks to Jenny Davidson for this.)
“The arts won’t make you virtuous and they won’t make you smart, but they are nevertheless my faith, firmly installed in the part of me where some people put religion,” writes Robert Fulford in My church: the mind’s ‘theatre of simultaneous possibilities’.