From words to pictures

“We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images.”
John Gardner

What was the last really good novel you read that pulled you in like this?

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Telling people about the skulls

“I think that the difference right now between good art and bad art is that the good artists are the people who are, in one way or another, creating out of deep and honest concern, a vision of life in the twentieth century that is worth pursuing. And the bad artists, of whom there are many, are whining or moaning or staring because it is fashionable, into the dark abyss.

If you believe that life is fundamentally a volcano full of baby skulls you’ve got two main choices as an artist: you can either stare into the volcano and count the skulls for the thousandth time and tell everybody “there are the skulls, that’s your baby, Mrs. Miller,” or you can try to build walls so that fewer baby skulls go in.”
John Gardener