Friday, August 25, 2006

On Writing (Nonfiction, that is)

Being a journalist has given me access into the lives of people and issues I never would have explored so intently and painstakingly on my own. (Astronomers, beekeepers, anti-Semitism and globalization come to mind. Oh, and yes--brownies and chefs too.) Sometimes I forget what a privilege it is, but I was reminded again last night as I came across this phrase from screenwriter (and former journalist) Nora Ephron, who is referring to one of her past magazine article assignments:

I can't believe how real life never lets you down. I can't understand why anyone would write fiction when what actually happens is so amazing.


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