Adam Patterson | January 17th, 2014

English novelist, playwright, and literary critic Graham Greene once said:

“There is a splinter of ice in the heart of a writer.”

What does that mean? Well, Team n/n believes Greene meant that writers – good writers — must always in some way step aside and view circumstances from a cold distance. That’s true for both transcendence and tragedy. If you write with too much emotional investment, and use too many exclamation points, you enter the suspicious realm of propaganda. You kill the very story you are trying to bring to life.

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