• De kunst van niet weten

    Donald Barthelme was een van de meest vernieuwende Amerikaanse schrijvers. In ‘Not-knowing: essays and interviews’ schrijft hij over alles wat hem bezighoudt, van film tot architectuur, maar vooral ook over taal en over schrijven. Anders dan we soms geneigd zijn te denken geven beperkingen juist voedsel aan ons denken. En schrijven is de kunst van het omgaan met niet-weten.

    “Style enables us to speak, to imagine again.”

    “Style is not much a matter of choice. . . . Rather it is both a response to constraint and a seizing of opportunity. Very often a constraint is an opportunity.”

    “The writer is one who, embarking upon a task, does not know what to do. . . .Writing is a process of dealing with not-knowing, a forcing of what and how. We have all heard novelists testify to the fact that, beginning a new book, they are utterly baffled as to how to proceed, what should be written and how it might be written, even though they’ve done a dozen. At best there’s a slender intuition, not much greater than an itch. The anxiety attached to this situation is not inconsiderable.”


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