I think the business of being a fabulist, that is to be involved with fabrication and making things up and living in the world of the imagination, all that spills over into lying even when you don’t have to lie, just because you want to tell something that is memorable and compelling. In your own mind, this isn’t what happened to me at Daytona Beach, but this is the way it should have happened. You tell it, and it’s a great story. It’s not true to the facts of the matter, but very true to the spirit of what happened — truer in spirit than the facts are. When you give someone the spirit of the thing, that’s better than the facts.
And finally, this is pretty much what happens every time I try to tell a story. The quote is from
Harry Crews (via thepenguinpress)
But I got it from king-dinosaur.(via orringrey)
(Source: Los Angeles Times)