from Berger's To the Wedding - (earlier post)
I like quoting ancient verses when the occasion is apt . . . and I listen all day but sometimes I do not know how to fit everything together. When this happens I cling to words or phrases which seem to ring true.
Foreword from Ian McEwan's Black Dogs
and from Franzen on writing what you know:
"What else are you going to write about: The problem is figuring out what you know.