April 22, 2004
It would be sheer folly to try to tell someone else how to write. For me, the intensely personal process of writing relates to those remarkable natural stone fences one finds in New England. These structures have endured for centuries, and yet when looked at closely they are not held together by mortar or cement or adhesives of any kind. One can picture how an artisan once stood for a long time looking at a pile of stones until he understood how they might be fitted together. Only then could he begin to assemble the wall, choosing just the right stones in the right order so that they would interlock and form a proper, solid structure.
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