[ExI] silly 'rules'

spike spike66 at att.net
Fri Sep 18 19:14:04 UTC 2015

> "I'm saying one should limit oneself to trying to be like them in terms of
> writing -- as of something is writing that unlike Hemingway (or unlike a
> caricature of Hemingway) has missed the boat"


Many or perhaps most of us here are techy types.  In our school years we were required to take lit classes but plenty of us just went through the motions.  (Did you do that too?)  Then when the college days were over, some of us looked back at what we missed, and learned that it requires a different way of thinking.  The math, the physics, the chemistry, all those comfort zones for so many of us, didn’t help in explaining why some kinds of literature makes us feel.  I didn’t really learn to feel until after they had already handed me a diploma and an invitation to go off and invent things.  My vocabulary is still limited in those gray-area fields, for I didn’t even start developing those areas of the brain until long after those synapses were already being occupied by calculus and details of astronomy, programming languages and all the usual cool stuff.



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