Thursday, November 30, 2006

Joy Williams

"The surface of a good story is severely simple. Clean and treacherous as new ice. Below the surface is accident, chaos, uncertainty - beautiful, shifting things. I believe in the mystery of things, their spiritual rhythm...Transformation is what I'm interested in the most. What it is that is beyond and beneath things. Moments, the levels in moments."

from her essay "Shifting Things" in The Writer on Her Work, Volume II, edited by Janet Sternburg, 1991.

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