Ben’s a genius so this is going to be great no matter what, but I particularly love how he writes about - and actively documents - the creative process. There’s a lot to be said for thinking about process and not just product. The scraps are important. A hundred years ago writers and artists and musicians had letters, and letters were good, letters allowed some of the scraps to be preserved, but guess what’s even better for that? The internet. Amirite?
So I was all about the orchestral scores for tiny songs, and now I’m all about the book. It’s my project for the year, the thing I’m going to spend more time and energy on than any other. And I’m excited about it. So excited that I haven’t made it very clear what it is.
So here’s an…
The process of making meaning with written language can not be understood by looking backward from a finished page. Process can not be inferred from product any more than a pig can be inferred from a sausage.
For a long time this was one of my favorite books. Probably it still is. In a very roundabout sort of way it’s actually where the name of my blog comes from (a very roundabout sort of way; I’ll tell you about it sometime). It’s a book that made me hungry, in a good way and not just for food.