If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats. - Richard Bach
I don't do much cooking. At all.
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Authors and publishers don't always get it right the first time:
Lilith, first wife to Adam according to Judaic legend, was regarded pretty much as just a wretched, demonic character until the late 19th century. The artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti was one of the first to portray her as a beautiful woman in his painting, Lady Lilith, but he still speaks of her as a dangerous enchantress in a sonnet he wrote to accompany his artwork. On one hand he celebrates her physicality, but warns she is a “witch” capable of drawing men into her “bright web.” Rossetti’s poem was first published in 1868 and was later re-published as part of....more.....
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In an address at this year's annual convention of the American Psychological Association, psychologist Raymond Mar posits that reading fiction will make us more empathetic. As he says, "When people read stories we invoke personal experiences. We're relying not just on words on a page, but also our own past experiences,"
Sounds logical and reasonable, but awfully familiar. Haven't English majors been analyzing and examining literature in the same way for the past hundred years? Dr. Mar's lecture is a bit heavy to get through with his psychology terminology, but he makes a pretty good scientific argument that we need to read more.
I'm pretty sure I've heard every librarian and teacher I've ever known say the same thing but without the psychological explanation. The message? Keep reading. It doesn't just help you, it helps everyone around you as well.
Architect and lawyer Jay Wickersham takes a stab at explaining why architects do not generally make good lead characters for fiction. Here's a clue: how can an author make sitting behind a drafting desk for untold hours seem exciting? He also points out a few books that successfully use architects in leading roles.
Check out Mr. Wickersham's interesting article in the most recent online publication of The Boston Society of Architects.