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This is a very complex way of expressing a Hemingwayesque idea. Every story hints at a larger one, or even more.
He believed his stories should be so spare they only painted the minimal picture the reader needed to see the bigger story extending beyond the canvas.
Thank you for posting about Hemingway. The older I get the more i appreciate his writing and what he had to say about writing. But are he and Sontag saying excatly the same thing here? Hemingway I get. Characters had lives before the story opens and they will continue to live after the last word is written. Sontag is talking about all the discarded maybes, the plot turns that have been rejected (why? for something better? more truthful? more approriate?). I’m still getting my head around that. Could she be talking more about life as it is lived – they we all contain within us the possibilities that didn’t happen: the children we didn’t have; the childlessness we didn’t experience; the road we didn’t take; the love not realised…Hmm, I’m still thinking about that. Or have I got the wrong end of the stick?
I took this to mean that ones many drafts and backstory results in the final text. But the reader doesn’t know what’s been rejected and so anything could happen, hence the suspense. Love the graphic BTW.
Oh that’s interesting Kathy – the echoes are still in the text, not through deliberate construction, but because they are an integral part of the creative process…Glad you like the illustration. Found a wonderfully generous source of pictures and images at https://pixabay.com/. They have over 700,000 stock pictures – all free and most not requiring any kind of attribution.