[lit-ideas] Re: It is worth a story ...

  • From: David Ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 04:31:42 -0700

On Jun 11, 2012, at 10:42 PM, cblists@xxxxxxxx wrote:

> On 12-Jun-12, at 12:36 AM, David Ritchie wrote:
>> ... Should someone, I wonder, begin a petition drive to sponsor a memorial 
>> to the Ignorant of History?  They too must have had virtues, grandmothers, 
>> cute children. ... [Entertaining cat and ignorant neighbour story follows.]
> Cf.: "Writer Thomas Pynchon articulated about the scope and structure of 
> one's ignorance: 'Ignorance is not just a blank space on a person's mental 
> map. It has contours and coherence, and for all I know rules of operation as 
> well. So as a corollary to [the advice of] writing about what we know, maybe 
> we should add getting familiar with our ignorance, and the possibilities 
> therein for writing a good story.'"

This reminds me of a young German historian who urged us to write about what 
was missing from the archives, histories of gaps.  Negative space is difficult 
to describe.

David Ritchie,
Peaceful Villas,
Not Bearing Horses by the Water,
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