Tobias Wolff and the Shimmer of Possibility
Tonight I happened to be reading a fantastic interview with Tobias Wolff when I stumbled on the passage below. I’m wondering if Wolff is the originator of the title of Paul Graham’s masterpiece, Shimmer of Possibility:
I think the besetting vice of most writers is a programmatic intention, making a story like an algebra equation with a solution at the end. Chekhov gives another model of conclusiveness—that conclusiveness inhabits the whole body of the story, not just the ending. That every good story expresses inevitability in all its parts, and yet is not foreclosed, shut down, at the last word. A good story somehow continues in a shimmer of possibility.