“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
— Herman Melville
“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
— Thomas Merton
Take a look at Cincinnati…
Take a walk with me to an old neighborhood in Cincinnati, filled with color, art and excitement. It’s a place that the Germans built many years ago. They named it Over-the-Rhine. They built their homes, stores and offices with character and heart. Once lost and almost forgotten, it has become alive and vibrant again. No longer a haven for the criminally inclined, it now houses art students, families and young professionals. Its buildings are as rich, detailed and beautiful as its storied history. Though there is still much work to be done, Over-the-Rhine is alive again.
“Greater than scene is situation. Greater than situation is implication. Greater than all of these is a single, entire human being, who will never be confined in any frame.”
— Eudora Welty
“I’m halfway through your novel; it’s tough to read, not because it’s not well-written, but — “
I know of what he speaks — the evil of my main character!
“I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway. I would prefer to, I assure you – it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists.”
— Philip Roth