to allow one to access the higher registers of gentleness.

Posted: October 24th, 2015 | No Comments »
george saunders and his wife paula in 1986, via the new yorkergeorge saunders and his wife paula in 1986

from george saunders’ “My Writing Education: A Time Line”:

On a visit to Syracuse, I hear Toby [Tobias Wolff, writer and Saunders’ teacher at Syracuse] saying goodbye to one of his sons. “Goodbye, dear,” he says.

I never forget this powerful man calling his son “dear.”

All kinds of windows fly open in my mind. It is powerful to call your son “dear,” it is powerful to feel that the world is dear, it is powerful to always strive to see everything as dear. Toby is a powerful man: in his physicality, in his experiences, in his charisma. But all that power has culminated in gentleness. It is as if that is the point of power: to allow one to access the higher registers of gentleness.



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