Thursday, September 19, 2019

Quote of the Day (Somerset Maugham, on Why ‘Fact is a Poor Storyteller’)

“Fact is a poor storyteller. It starts a story at haphazard, generally long before the beginning, rambles on inconsequently and tails off, leaving loose ends hanging about, without a conclusion. It works up to an interesting situation, and then leaves it in the air to follow an issue that has nothing to do with the point; it has no sense of climax and whittles away its dramatic effects in irrelevance.”—British man of letters W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), Ashenden, or The British Agent (1928)

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