Fact or Fiction?

By Helen Wang, published

Paul Mason is not the only senior person at the BBC who is writing fiction. Jill McGivering, senior foreign news correspondent, has been writing novels too: The Last Kestrel and Far From My Father's House.

In her review of Mason's Rare Earth Julia Lovell writes 'Reading the passages rich in masochistic sex, you easily imagine Mason joyfully kicking free of BBC fact-checkers...'

This reminded me of something I'd seen somewhere else...

See Notes on the Mosquito- a blog on Xi Chuan 西川 and Chinese Poetry in English translation for a piece from The Lifespan of a Fact, by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, in which D’Agata argues that facts are often irrelevant in the pursuit of art, and that “nonfiction” essentially means ‘not art,’ since the word fiction is derived from the Latin fictio, which itself means ‘to form, to shape, to arrange’.

And Brian Holton's comment on More-or-less-ism 差不多主義.


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