Wisdom from writing

“Contradiction is the essential move or method for art. In music it’s counterpoint. In landscape painting it’s the contrast between the foreground, which is always dark, and the background, which is light. And in writing, it’s death and life. The imminent arrival of death—what greater thing to set life in relief against?… You put contradictory things next to each other, and in the intermingling of them you get something like the mystery of human experience.”

Wisdom on writing from Paul Harding

Embrace the dialectic.

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The contradictions the mind comes up against — these are the only realities: they are the criterion of the real. There is no contradiction in what is imaginary. Contradiction is the test of necessity.


To which F.  Scott Fitzgerald adds: 

the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. – F.  Scott Fitzgerald

We must mash things up to establish clarity.  

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