Thin thread

Some of you may like my latest essay at the Image Good Letters blog. Here’s an excerpt:

“Telling a story along that thin thread, however, means abandoning the notion that the world pierces us more deeply, that our hearts sing more loudly. What if the opposite were true?

What if the reason there are television screens in every godforsaken corner of the U.S., and rampant alcoholism in Russia, and endless electronic distraction in Japan, is because the average man and woman need something, anything, to tamp the intensity of bearing a soul in this soul-crushing age?

What if we writers are able to tell stories of hurt and joy only because something in us is dulled enough to look them full in the face?”

You can read the rest here.


  1. Loriann Smith

    So true…there is catharsis in knowing another knows…
    Reminds me a bit of the C.S. Lewis quote about friendship:

    “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
    ? C.S. Lewis

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