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Off the Peg, Just a Little

October 3, 2013

An installment from the Why I Read (and now recently, the Why I Write) Series.

Carver - always life“If we’re lucky, writer and reader alike, we’ll finish the last line or two of a short story and then just sit for a minute, quietly.  Ideally, we’ll ponder what we’ve just written or read; maybe our hearts or intellects will have been moved off the peg just a little from where they were before.  Our body temperature will have gone up, or down, by a degree.  Then, breathing evenly and steadily once more, we’ll collect ourselves, writers and readers alike, get up, “created of warm blood and nerves” as a Chekhov character puts it, and go on to the next thing: Life.  Always life.”
– Raymond Carver, from Call if You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose

From → Writing

  1. Ahhh, thank you. I just tweeted your Carver quote. How lovely. I think I’ll share it with my creative writing students, too. Yes, this is exactly how it should be, when we write the last line of that story…


  2. Hello, Pamela. I like that Carver quote (and think that your students will also).


  3. Bernie permalink

    great quote thank you, and isn’t just as true for so many experiences if we pause for a moment to let it be ?


  4. It is so true, my friend.


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