According to Kurt Vonnegut, "Most writers are not quick-witted when they talk. Novelists, in particular, drag themselves around in society like gut-shot bears."
To prove his point, he tells of a meeting between two novelists, Nelson Algren and Jose Donoso. Vonnegut introduced them as they were descending a staircase, telling Algren that Donoso was from Chile. Algren shook his hand but could find nothing to say to the Chilean novelist.
Finally, at the bottom of the stairs, Algren turned and said, "It must be nice to come from a country that's long and narrow."
Saturday, August 27, 2011
been a while
Another good one from Reader's Digest: