Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"No two persons ever read the same book." —Edmund Wilson

As a writer who puts each new book out there with a mixture of pride and trepidation, I love this.

It's all better with friends.


  1. Very true, and I think equally applicable to music and the various forms of visual art. We had a big discussion in guitar class over "Pancho and Lefty," which led to very polite disagreement over the nature of the relationship between the characters.

    1. You're going to have to clue me in about Pancho and Lefty the next time we meet.

      You're right. Any time someone puts something they've created out in the world, no two people will experience the same thing. Our veils have developed from our experiences, our reactions to those experiences, and any number of other things that can't be quantified. And it's through those veils that all new data must pass. And it's why we never have exactly the same response to a sentence or a line of music or a photograph.

    2. Try YouTube for "Pancho and Lefty" if you are interested. Townes Van Zandt wrote it, but lots of people have recorded it after him. I'd be interested to hear your take on it. BTW, I understand that Townes would never say what it was all about. I like your comment about veils. I hadn't thought of it that way, although it's a very apt description.

    3. I saw the Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard thing (who wouldn't like that???) but dug a little deeper to see Townes. Pretty cool. Real.