Re: about James' writing
James said this on his blog's "about" page:
"In general, I think reality is something which words only point to. Sometimes
the words are successful, sometimes they are not, but they are only pointers.
There are two ways that I tend to write: one is to write things that are very
simple but hopefully very powerful, first principles which I hope the reader
will build into something big, on their own. The other way I gravitate toward
is to say everything that's in my head, without figuring it out and nailing
it down. There tends to be something subtextual in my writing. In either
case, small or large, the writing is about entering a complex mental space,
in which the reader is meant to swim without their feet touching the ground."
I very much enjoy these ideas. A few thoughts:
- Perhaps words point to, words describe, words give scope to, words share, words contain in part, words admire reality.
- I think the most powerful writing allows readers the space to construct their own understanding of ideas.
- Saying everything in one's head seems like a wonderful way to process externally, to build outside one's own mind; the reader can't always appreciate it I think, as it sometimes takes more than it gives.
- Unintentional subtext is always more pleasing to the reader than purposeful subtext, unless the reader happens to already possess the subtextual thought, or the framework to accept it. Readers are intelligent, and they know when you attempt to plant subtext, versus when you resonate with it naturally.
- I love the concept of the shared complex mental space, where your feet don't touch the ground.
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