From reading, today…


On the value of imaginative practice to the research of the hardest things:


“I do not think fiction is a substitute for dream, but I think it must work for us in a similar way. It must provide us with an imaginative experience which is necessary to our imaginative wellbeing… We need all the imagination we have, and we need it exercised and in good condition.” – Robert Scholes: Fabulation and Metafiction, via Robert Coover


and, on uses of the imagination (legend) in the construction of the hardest things:


“Everywhere to the east Abenaki came alive under the leadership of Squando, and Abenaki commonly called the Sagamore of Saco. A short time before the war Squando had been touched personally by a random act of English cruelty when his wife and infant son traveling donw the Saco River, were intentionally capsized by English sailors to see if, as legend held, natives could instinctively swim at birth. Despite the mother’s best efforts the infant drowned. It was an episode that Squndo and his countrymen would never forget.” – Schultx and Touglas: King Philip’s War

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