06
Jun
12

it’s all fiction.

“It’s all fiction. As soon as you write something down, it’s fiction. I don’t think fiction is necessarily about inventing fake stories. The process of fictionalization is selection – why this and not that? If we look at any moment, what’s in it is practically infinite. Why do I pick up on your eyes and how they set on your face instead of what’s outside of the window? And what do I think when I look at your eyes, what does this moment make me remember? What we select from all this – all these digressions – that’s the process of fictionalization, that’s what we create. As soon as something gets written down, it’s no longer “true,” because there are always 100 other things that are equally “true.” And then everything changes as soon as something gets written down.” –Chris Kraus (via thesummerking)


3 Responses to “it’s all fiction.”


  1. 1 Max Reynolds
    June 6, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Interesting notion. I think there is an argument there but it would take someone a lot smarter than I, to make it. Thanks for sharing it. -Max-

    • June 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      There’s no way to “truthfully” record a moment of time because what we select to record is subjective and the choices are infinite. What we choose to record is only partially true, perhaps it’s an infinitesimal part of the truth, and as such it’s more fictive than truthful. It’s like writing a memoir, everyone who attempts to do so should be honest enough to admit that most of it is fiction.


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