Defying conversation

I am thinking of what I wrote a few days ago, about putting Lucy’s story in the center of the table and having conversation around it. Today I remembered Bonnie Friedman’s sentence – I think it was “The best writing defies conversation.” – I used to have a copy of her great book, Writing Past Dark. It was one of the hundreds I had to leave behind in Spain, of which you see  a small portion above in one of my favorite creative sanctuaries. I guess writing which defies conversation could be seen as having the last word, yet, not as a winning argument, per se. Perhaps the defiance arises from writing which says something we all understand so precisely and beautifully that it leaves us speechless.

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