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July 31st, 2007

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09:35 am
Two quick questions designed to start arguments in the comments:

1) Is J.K. Rowling the most significant female writer in human history?

2) Now that Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni are dead, who is the greatest living filmmaker?

Discuss below.

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Date:August 1st, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
That's exactly where I was coming from with my interpretation of "significant." So often, we focus on the craft of the great writers -- which we should do! -- but we do so at the expense of the great storytellers.

In college, I learned that I am capable of writing prose worthy of being called "literature" by even the snootiest of professors. I also learned that I don't enjoy doing so. I write not for the cadences of the sounds, or the symbolism, or the blah-blah-blah-insert-your-favorite-literary-term here.

I write for the story. So does Rowling. She does it amazingly well, and it's let people who were turned off to reading (by the educational requirements of today's schools) discover that it really can be fun.

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