Clarion: Week 3

Week three of Clarion starts tomorrow. I already feel like I’ve lived twelve lifetimes inside of these two weeks, with all of their accompanying meetings and partings, friendships, wisdom, and work. And there are still four more to go!

Ted Chiang is at the helm for the next seven days. This evening he shared with us part of Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life:

“Why do you never find anything written about that idiosyncratic though you advert to, about your fascination with something no one else understands? Because it is up to you. There is something you find interesting, for a reason hard to explain. It is hard to explain because you have never read it on any page; there you begin. You were made and set here to give voice to this, to your own astonishment… Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?”

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