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Does a novel need to mean something? Some things cannot be said in words.

I have read a lot of writers—some of whom think that writing has an overarching purpose—to let us know where we are and what we are doing, or sounding the alarm for dangers like global warming—or others who think that the role is to tell a story. I think that I write to tell the truth, especially in areas where the culture avoids the truth—for example, dance—an art form that is not widely appreciated in America. But I think dance is one way to make sense out of life. Zorba the Greek danced, when he could no longer think. I have used it the same way. There are times when the brain is highjacked and cannot find its way clear around itself. Then other things help—a walk, exercise, dance, clay sculpture and acting, all ways for the unconscious to speak without words. I think dance may be the most effective way of all to explore the wordless. After all, not everything can be expressed in words.

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