Quote of the Day | 0201

[…] the word “fiction” derives not from some imaginary Latin word ficio meaning “I make stuff up”, but from the verb fingere, “to shape”: it takes its name from the shaping action of the potter’s fingers at his wheel. To tell any story well you need the ordering and shaping impulses of fiction, even if the story has the deep unlikeliness of real life.

John Lanchester, ‘When fiction breaks down

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