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Doc was a teacher from 1967 to 2010. (Sigh)

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Interesting words - William Kennedy
"It is not the material that makes a work of fiction come to life. It is, in fact, almost impossible to say what it is that does that. Material can begin a piece of work, emotion and ideas can keep it going, but in order for the work not to self-destruct along the way something else must happen. The writer must find himself in a strange place full of unknowns, populated by characters who are not quite strangers but about whom little is certain, everything is to be discovered. There must be a transformation of the material, of the characters, of the age, into something that is intriguingly new to the writer. 'Art,' wrote Boris Pasternak, 'is interested in life at the moment when the ray of power is passing through it.'"
William Kennedy