I found myself having to reread William Faulkner's advice. He says, simply, that writers should write from the soul - the heart - of such things as "compassion and sacrifice and endurance." He spoke of universal truths. An idealist, I am constantly moved by his words. I recently read a review of the Academy Awards ceremony and it pointed to a "meanness" attitude of irony and sarcasm pervading among youth today. The Awards criticism derived from the way women's boobs were spoofed and underlined the view that those actresses were all "working women," working under a still male-ruled Hollywood compact. It should have reflected or been the attitude of those of my generation who had felt the repercussions of the walks on Pettus Bridge or who had protested war. But what bothers me more is the political and social arena, where it has now simply become a crime to use government funds for job programs or to relieve what I call jet-ski burdens upon the poor. Indeed, "poor" and "helping hand" have become outmoded terms lost on the outstretched hands of a tall, marbled lady near Ellis Island.
Hence, I must be more practiced and work to improve my style and to avoid the rush of trying to set things right. It will take time to put out old ideas as new ones and have them settle in people's minds. It is not right what is happening and I have plenty of notes on "structures" of stories. I must learn to take my time and rewrite them in a proper style to relieve and set forth the passions in my heart.
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