"What remains outside, the unwritten, the unwritable..."
Insider #76 with truths about writing and art.
A long-dead Italian man has sent my head spinning. Where does a story begin and where does it end? Does it matter if we do not finish it? Are all stories basically the same, and is that a good thing?
I have almost finished reading Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller. His work is described as fabulism, a form of literature in which fantastical elements are placed in everyday settings. It is similar to magical realism and makes me ask the same question as I do of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s stories.
The question is this - Is magic any less real than reality?
In today’s post, minor revelations from the real world and the fictional, the video of the February Insiders Hangout, and link to the next.
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🌎 Real World Revelations
This week I am in New York. I am doing a (sold out!) workshop within Brooklyn, right under the Manhattan Bridge, on Sunday. I will spend the rest of the week exploring the city, drawing all the things I can, and eating the good food.
While I am in New York, I hope to find stories around every corner. Something of great excitement should happen at every intersection. Perhaps that is a reasonable expectation, perhaps not so much. Our expectations of places are tainted/coloured/filtered/affected by our preconceptions - the images implanted in our minds by various influences. And no other city in the world has more images than New York City. Anything less than spectacular will be a disappointment. Not as great as I had imagined, I will say when asked.
Maybe that is unfair. But it is the great cross that great cities of the world must bear. For reference, read about the Paris Syndrome.