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Josephine Humphreys: When writing from the center of things

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The world keeps aligning with what I just wrote.


Interviewer: When you’re writing, is it that you notice things more acutely?

Humphreys: Yes. You notice everything, and everything seems to be full of meaning and directly centered on the thing you’re writing about. I heard E.L. Doctorow say something like that—that when you’re writing, all experience seems to organize itself around your themes, which can give you some really strange feelings of coincidence and ESP. You start to think you’re onto the secrets of life.

–Josephine Humphreys, quote by Dannye Romine Powell, Parting the Curtains: Interviews with Southern Writers (Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 1994) 192


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  1. Sounds cool. And the sketches are weaving in too, I bet.


    February 26, 2015 at 9:36 am

    • Yes: observation seems to open more acutely across the board.


      February 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

      • Isn’t that cool? Did you ever dream art would have such an impact on your life? I think it deserves more emphasis (and funding) in schools. Would be a good, dividend-paying investment.


        February 26, 2015 at 9:51 am

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