August 3, 2009

  • fiction

    "[Fiction] makes us dream and it makes us accomplish. Einstein had to dream first, didn't he, before he wrote his theorem? Darwin the same way. The Wright brothers had dreams of flying. They lay in bed at night at the end of the 19th century and said, "I wonder how we can put wings on our bicycles?" And they finally did it. You've got to read myths -- Greek myths, Roman myths, Egyptian -- and you have to dream yourself into being. The purpose of fiction is not to nail you to the ground as facts do, but to take you to the edge of the cliff and kick you off so you build your wings on the way down."