A Portrait of the Artist from a Young Sentence
The first artful words I ever wrote, the first artful sentence -- I remember it still, I was 15 years old -- was "I died in a fire." You see my narrative conceit right there. I had done "creative" writing before that, to fulfill school assignments. One of them I recall, in the 8th grade, led me to describe the flow of water over its whole natural course…
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