Sunday, March 02, 2008

Isaac Babel on Good Writing

From one of my favorite short stories:

"A phrase is born into the world both good and bad at the same time. the secret lies in a slight, an almost invisible twist. The lever should rest in your hand, getting warm, and you can only turn it once, not twice."

--Isaac Babel, "Guy de Maupassant," trans. by Walter Morison. From The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel.

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2 comments:

J.C.F. said...

Yeah, but clockwise or counterclockwise, that's the problem. - J. C.

Benjamin Chambers said...

Touché!