Monday, October 23, 2006

Joan Didion

"All I know about grammar is its infinite power. To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed. Many people know about camera angles now, but not so many know about sentences. The arrangement of the words matters, and the arrangement you want can be found in the picture in your mind. The picture dictates the arrangement."

from Joan Didion's essay "Why I Write," in The Writer and Her Words, Volume I.



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