Such a beautiful sentence…

Let’s be honest. We don’t remember all the books we read. We forget some key characters and even the plot line, while we can remember a small random detail that may not have a major role in the story. Or sometimes we remember just one quote and a few characters that somehow influence us.

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) by Sheila Callaghan is one of the plays that left a nice little quote to me:

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Ne güzel bir cümle…

Dürüst olalım okuduğumuz her kitabı tam olarak hatırlamıyoruz. Karakterleri, hatta hikayenin gidişatını etkileyen başlıca olayları bile unutabiliyoruz. Ama bazen de önemsiz detayları öyle iyi hatırlıyoruz ki! Bazen de aklımızda bizi etkileyen bir söz ve birkaç karakter kalıyor.

Sheila Callaghan’ın yazdığı oyun Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) bana tatlı bir cümle bıraktı:

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Kürk Mantolu Madonna – Madonna in a Fur Coat

Lisedeyken okuduğumuz Sabahattin Ali’nin kitabı Kürk Mantolu Madonna hakkında bu kadar haber çıkarken biz de bu kitabı yeniden hatırladık.

Sabahattin Ali kitabı için şunları söylemiş zamanında:

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Not a beach-read, but I am not at a beach, so it is not a problem

Being on a break means reading books for me. Probably it is not only me; bookstores make a corner for books to be read on beach, usually light and fun. Nowadays I am reading W.Somerset Maugham’s Collected Short Stories. It is definitely not a beach-read, but I am not at a beach, so it is not a problem.

Maugham's book I am reading

Maugham’s book I am reading nowadays.

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Should We Write What We Know or What We Don’t Know?

Writing has so many different aspects. We write to learn about ourselves, to tell people something, to relax, to make people laugh, cry, or to give a sense of belonging. All those reasons mean that we usually write things we know, or at least things we have an idea about. Memoir is the most prominent example where writers use their memories, thoughts and feelings. Not only nonfiction writers but also fiction writers may use what they have experienced, and build characters based on people they have or had in their lives.

Mark Twain has a relevant quote; it is clear and simple:

“Write what you know.” ~ Mark Twain

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