Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Salman Rushdie on the ways of speaking

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If you didn’t have a sense of how people spoke, you didn’t know them well enough, and so you couldn’t—you shouldn’t—tell their story. The way people spoke, in short, clipped phrases or long, flowing rambles, revealed so much about them: their place of origin, their social class, their temperament, whether calm or angry, warm-hearted or cold-blooded, foulmouthed or polite; and, beneath their temperament, their true nature, intellectual or earthy, plainspoken or devious, and, yes, good or bad.

Salman Rushdie, in The New Yorker

Written by nevalalee

September 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

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