Wednesday, August 8, 2012

THE STORY WITHIN AN IMAGE: tracy chevalier at TED

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In this TED talk, writer Tracy Chevalier talks about finding stories within paintings: a small meditation not just on enjoying art, but also on the creation of her novel Girl with a Pearl Earring, finding processes that fuel one's inspiration, and the kernel of story that can be found in even non-narrative images.

I especially love this comment: "We know very little about Vermeer himself, which made me go, 'Yippee'!" Many of us who write fiction feel the excitement of the moment when a sort of hole opens up in history just large enough to allow us to wiggle our own story in.

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