When writers talk their ideas come out differently. I have sometimes found myself unable that the bombastic fool infront of me came up with such life affirming insights. I think this also applies to Twitter somehow. Is this something to do with a general desire for the consummation of tasty sound bites which negate the more discursive approach - "leading us round Jack's barn" in order to feel enlightened. Unlike a lot of writers R A Wilson seems to successfully simplify his ideas when speaking. I was struck by how often he said, " I am an optimist" followed by a soft chuckle as if to say he was aware of how anachronistic that seems. In his writing he is able to expand on the chuckle.
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