Thursday, July 26, 2018
Elegy and history are cousins
Elegy and history are cousins, she explains, because they’re both forms of autopsy.
I began a letter, as if to a dead friend, or perhaps the preliminary notes for a novel.
He will have out his notebook; under D, he will enter “Phrases to be used on the deaths of friends.”
I do not so much write a book as sit up with it, as with a dying friend.
Valeria Luiselli, Faces in the Crowd | Virginia Woolf, The Waves | Annie Dillard, The Writing Life