06 October 2012

thanks to MB for the direction to
Correspondence deserving of a wider audience

In 1890, after living and working in the U.S. for 20 years, Greek-born Lafcadio Hearn moved to Japan and immediately fell in love with a culture and language.. :

""Because they are insensible to the phosphorescing of words, the fragrance of words, the noisomeness of words, the tenderness or hardness, the dryness or juiciness of words—the interchange of values in the gold, the silver, the brass and the copper of words:

"Is that any reason why we should not try to make them hear, to make them see, to make them feel?"
"The dreamer of dreams
To whom what is and what seems
Is often one and the same—"

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Theodore Sturgeon, on Robert Heinlein's generosity :

"I went into a horrible dry spell one time. It was a desperate dry spell and an awful lot depended on me getting writing again. Finally, I wrote to Bob Heinlein. I told him my troubles; ... By return airmail—I don't know how he did it—I got back 26 story ideas. Some of them ran for a page and a half; one or two of them were a line or two. I mean, there were story ideas that some writers would give their left ear for.

'Ghost of a little cat patting around eternity looking for a familiar lap to sit in.' "

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