Monday, June 30, 2014
Last night, I read this article: How to Solve an 88-Year-Old Literary Mystery by Susan Cheever. It talks about the limits of research, about how you can talk about a thing, read about it, interview people who know things or might even have been there... and still miss some critical detail.
It's a fascinating article in its own right, but it made me think about the fact that one of the things Wyrdsmiths told me to do for the novel I'm working on is take a road trip to Pierre, South Dakota.
I've spent a lot of time on Google Earth, walking around that town, but there's probably something I'm missing, some quality, that would stand out more if I went.
We joked about making it a group exercise. If that happened, I might go.