Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

The lacemaker’s fingers

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Roland Barthes

The text [of the story], while it is being produced, is like a piece of Valenciennes lace created before us under the lacemaker’s fingers: each sequence undertaken hangs like the temporarily inactive bobbin waiting while its neighbor works; then, when its turn comes, the hand takes up the thread again, brings it back to the frame; and as the pattern is filled out, the progress of each thread is marked with a pin which holds it and is gradually moved forward: thus the terms of the sequence: they are positions held and then left behind in the course of a gradual invasion of meaning…

These braided—or braiding—voices form the writing: when it is alone, the voice does no labor, transforms nothing: it expresses; but as soon as the hand intervenes to gather and intertwine the inert threads, there is labor, there is transformation.

Roland Barthes, S/Z

Written by nevalalee

March 19, 2016 at 7:30 am

Posted in Quote of the Day, Writing

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  1. Elegant.

    galtz

    March 19, 2016 at 1:38 pm


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