When I read Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss there were many philosophical moments that leaped off the page. I underlined them and wrote them out and tacked them to the wall. Here’s one that gave me permission not to shy away from finding different ways to tell a story.
“Chaos is the one truth that narrative must always betray, for in the creation of its delicate structures that reveal many truths about life, the portion of truth that has to do with incoherence and disorder must be obscured. More and more, it felt to me that in the things I wrote, the degree of artifice was greater than the degree of truth, that the cost of administering a form to what was essentially formless was akin to the cost of breaking the spirit of an animal that is too dangerous to otherwise live with.” Forest Dark, by Nicole Krauss