“I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, because the reason for writing what we call fiction seems to be the desire to tell a whole story. And to stick strictly to the truth, what we call nonfictional truth—to tell the story that really happened—is invariably to have an incomplete story. Nobody ever knows all the facts. Time passes, gaps come into memories, and so on. The impulse is an artistic one, the impulse toward wholeness. You may be dealing with your experience, with things that you remember, but they may come scrambled, they may even come from different times in your experience, and you can put them into a story and give them a coherence that they don’t have in factual reality.”

—Wendell Berry, in a 2006 interview

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Interesting — hadn’t thought of it that way before.

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