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August 16, 2008


Interesting article, thanks for linking to it.

I would suggest that fiction doesn't spring from a lie but from a different type of truth - although certainly fiction uses lies as its mode of operation. Aristotle said something about history being the truth of what happens in particular, while art is the truth of what happens generally. I think I read that in a Joan Didion essay once, when she was explaining why she didn't always care about the facts of a story as much as other writers did.

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