Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
Worst thing anyone ever said to me? “No one wants to talk to you.” I cut myself with that sentence on a daily basis.
The fact is that certain themes cannot be celebrated in words, and tyranny is one of them. No one ever wrote a good book in praise of the Inquisition.
—George Orwell (Books v.Cigarettes)
The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.
Novels arise out of the shortcomings of history.
—F.von Hardenberg, later Novalis
Fragmente und studieu, 1799-1800
I remained uneducated or wild because I was imprisoned by my mother and had no father.
My body was all I had.
My Mother: Demonology