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The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation Paperback – Bargain Price, March 3, 2009
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The power of Howe's own language is in great part derived from its calm, controlled arrangement. She is contemplative but not introspective. This is a book to study, for some of the lines fall like epigrams and must be revisited so that one does not fall into the trap of thinking anything Howe offers is that simple, that easy to comprehend at first read.
One of my favorite passages follows:
Revision is the opposite of repetition and religion. In the process of stripping the language back to an unnaturally naked state, you want to see what is hidden behind each word, what intention, what fact, then cover it up with something else. Revision is suspicious of first words and assumes they exist only to signal something else, something deeper. I revise what I have written in order to strip away fraud and get to the uncontaminated first intention. By slashing the curtain of words, I might finally glimpse the words behind the words and the silence behind those.
Very highly recommended.