"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf
03 January 2017
There’s a limit to one’s resourcefulness, but how do you
know the limit? You have to push out and not do anything you’ve ever done
before. It comes to that. The notion of change in fiction is that a train has
to stay on its tracks, and animals, even more than we, are creatures of
specific habits, which is why, once you learn their habits, they are quite easy
to hunt. But a man can stop his car, get out; he can dive in a lake and swim
across, and then climb a tree. So don’t tell me you can’t change your fiction.
Habit is what destroys art. I’ve always been struck by those Cheyenne who did
everything backwards when they were bored. There’s a longing, a craving to know
more than we get to know, sort of a Faustian notion that you want a lot of
interesting things to occur before you die; and it strikes you that rather than
wait around for them to occur, you’re going to have to arrange most of them.