September 27th, 2001


more fodder for my brain

News of the Spirit, a book of stories by Lee Smith. Here's what she says about the title:

"About thirty years ago I was a student in a fiction-writing seminar led by the wonderful writer George Garrett. A student in the class read a piece that was an action story and very plot-driven. Technically, it was very good, but Garrett did not like the story. When asked why, he replied, "I don't read any news of the spirit here." I wrote it down in my notebook thirty years ago and that phrase has been with me ever since. I have been waiting to use it because that is what storytelling means to me. Whether it is in writing fiction or talking to a friend over coffee, that is how we learn something about the human condition, and how we find our authentic selves over the course of our lives. Each of us has important stories that need to be told and shared."

Very powerful writings by her. News, indeed...