Writing a Story


James Frye of Oprah fame had it a little bit right by putting the importance of a compelling story over personal integrity. Perhaps literature (and art in general) of this kind will be more acurately appreciated when the person who made it is no longer availible for talk-show whippings. Now writing one’s memoirs with less than factual information is definitely lining oneself up for whatever immediate grief may result. However, now that this previously confirmed excellent story has been factually de-pants’ed back to fiction does it not remain a good story? I think occasionally we have to remove the art from the artist to really enjoy it. I’m going to go and find something beautiful to listen to that I know nothing about. I want to be moved by only the three and a half minutes of cold transcendance that some unknown person has put into sound waves.

  • March 2, 2006