31.5.11

Respect

Lovely column by AL Kennedy in The Guardian today,  from which I have lifted the following:
And here I can mention that there is nothing like writing for those you love. Building something out of words, an intensely personal medium – something for someone you respect, someone for whom you care – that's both a pleasure and a properly testing exercise. I have long argued that the writer's relationship with the putative reader should probably be one of loving respect: it's a way of maintaining a correct form of address.

1 comment:

Steph said...

I love that and it reminds me of a book I read a couple of months ago, something I'd grabbed at the library (the name escapes me) in which the protagonist had written a book of 35 memories of his lover for her birthday. I thought that was a lovely idea and considered doing it for David for his 45th. It's kind of daunting, though.