Quote for Today: John Steinbeck

Storyteller Under Sunny Skies by Rose Pecos-Sun Rhodes (Jemez Pueblo), 1993 © Wendy Kavener for the Children's Museum of Indianapolis with CCLicense
Storyteller Under Sunny Skies by Rose Pecos-Sun Rhodes (Jemez Pueblo), 1993
© Wendy Kavener for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with CCLicense

A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals. He isn’t telling, or teaching, or ordering. Rather, he seeks to establish a relationship with meaning, of feeling, of observing. We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. And one of our ancient methods is to tell a story, begging the listener to say, and to feel, “Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.” To finish is sadness to a writer, a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done. But it isn’t really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done.

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