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“We tell ourselves stories . . . .”

May 11, 2013

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live. . . . We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the “ideas” with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.”

—Joan Didion, from The White Album—

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  1. May 11, 2013 12:13 pm

    Thnks 4 sharing. I wish Joan hd said that in English. I’ll really would like 2 know what the heck she is trying to say.

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