Saturday, January 06, 2018

The President Who Doesn't Read

The President Who Doesn't Read

Meh. So what.

Words are overrated. A picture is worth a thousand of them. Or maybe ten thousand.

Or as Confucius once said, "10,001 words are worth more than one picture."

Kidding aside, Turgenev wrote in 1862: "The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book."

This was certainly true if he was referring to his own books. If you've ever read any of them, you'll realize just how little he says in ten pages. He kind of uses the "Inception" style of story-telling, or maybe he just created a written version of those Russian matryoshka dolls which include an ever-smaller doll nested inside, in that his writing includes anecdotes within other anecdotes, within digressions, within other digressions, within flashbacks, until you finally forget what his original point was.

Come to think of it, I had a mother-in-law whose story-telling technique was identical to Turgenev's. Maybe she was a neglected literary genius!

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