Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Thomas Mann on readings

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[At the reading] I myself once more trotted out the grateful annunciation chapter from Joseph the Provider, also the cup and recognition scenes, and received the praise and encouragement which is both the reward and the aim of such readings of relatively “surefire” passages from the work one is struggling with. What has been carefully forged in the course of long mornings is poured out over the listeners in a rapid hour of reading; the illusion of improvisation, of polished extemporization, intensifies the impression; and when others are stirred to marvel, we for our part believe that everything is fine.

Thomas Mann, The Story of a Novel

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May 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

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