Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Days of Yore

Have you seen Days of Yore yet?
I love this project.
The interviews shows such a keen interest in the interviewees and the subjects are always interesting.
You'll like it too.

To give you an idea - here's a very brief excerpt from the most recent interview, with Susan Cheever.

You’ve described writing as being like DNA. What do you mean by that?
It’s like DNA in that it reveals everything about who you are. If you write a paragraph, I can tell everything about you from that paragraph. A sentence even. It’s not that wild. In a sentence, you make a million choices. Every word, how you punctuate it, whether you invert it or not. There are a million choices that go into writing one sentence. Therefore, each sentence is hugely revealing. I don’t think people are aware of that. At Bennington, students write their evaluations of us, and they’re anonymous. What a joke. Who can’t tell who’s writing what? I teach them, for heaven’s sakes. It’s a riot.