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Nabokov: “The pattern of the thing precedes the thing.”

Intelligence is really a kind of taste- taste in ideas.”- Susan SontagFailure is notan option (1)

Most people start something until it becomes something else. But Susan Sontag stuck with her creative impulse. When The Paris Review asked her where she came up with writing prompts, she said:

From the beginning I always know what something is going to be; every impulse to write is born of an idea of form, for me. To begin I have to have the shape, the architecture. I can’t say it better than Nabokov did: “The pattern of the thing precedes the thing.”

This runs contrary to the belief that we don’t know what to think until we scribble it down first. For Sontag, she wrote the book in her head so all she needed to do was solidify it on paper.

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I prefer … images to ideas, obscure facts to clear symbols, & the discovered wild fruit to the synthetic jam.

Vladimir Nabokov

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There is nothing in the world that I loathe more than group activity, that communal bath where the hairy and slippery mix in a multiplication of mediocrity.

Vladimir Nabokov

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