Saturday, August 24, 2013

I liked the smell ...



A well-known writer got collared by a university student who asked, "Do you think I could be a writer?"


"Well," the writer said, "I don't know .... Do you like sentences?"


The writer could see the student's amazement. 


Sentences? Do I like sentences? I am twenty years old and do I like sentences? If he had liked sentences, of course, he could begin, like a joyful painter I knew. I asked him how he came to be a painter. He said, "I liked the smell of the paint."
 
- Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Palette: by Lura Astor