Quote of the day, by Janet Malcolm

As a storyteller, I think often about perspective. It is the lens through which we see the world. As a journalist, the ultimate aim is ‘truth’ but the trouble is, the way one person perceives reality is never exactly the same as the way another perceives it. As the writer Janet Malcolm said: “We go through life mishearing and mis-seeing and misunderstanding so that the stories we tell ourselves will add up.”

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Recommended reading: Trials: On Janet Malcolm, by Miriam Markowitz, The Nation, May 18, 2011.