More and the Last on the Writer's Conference
Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
50Trip End Dec 31, 2013
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Amigos, Amigas,Compaņeros and Compaņeras:
The closing of the San Miguel Writer's Conference was a panel of all
of the Key Note Speakers, 6 of them I think....speaking on the topic of
"The Truth in Nonfiction and Fiction"...
I think that some of their comments are worth sharing with you, my gentle readers,
the loyal ones that faithfully read my travelogue blog, mis amigos y amigas.....
1. Facts and the Truth Are Not The Same Thing....
2. Sometimes there is more untruth in nonfiction than fiction, and
sometimes there is more truth in fiction than there is in nonfiction...
- he was referring to the reporting of the violence on the Mexican/American border,
which does not mention the cultural differences between the Mexicans and Americans,
does not mention love, compassion or the aspirations of the people or their desperation
and desperate circumstances....that author has written several fiction novels based on the
Mexican/American border situation, which he feels represents the truth better
than the nonfiction reporting on the border situation....his stories represent the human side
of the border situation.. .
3. Facts are pieces of a jigsaw in a jigsaw box - you can take the jigsaw pieces of facts
out of the jigsaw box and put them together in different ways to give different pictures..
4. In court you swear to tell the truth, nothing but the truth and the whole truth..
Because you can tell the Truth and Nothing But The Truth - but by not telling the Whole Truth,
by omitting very relevant facts - you are not really telling the truth..
Example - if someone says that they have a Phd. in Science - it sounds impressive..
Especially if they omit the fact that they got their Phd. in Science from a Mail Order University
in Nigeria, by paying $2,000.00 - are they telling the truth??????
- are they telling the whole truth...
5. Scholars who produce academic and scholarly papers, often cherry pick the facts
and omit or disregard any inconvenient facts in preparing their scholarly and academic papers.
Any academic paper on Global Warming that included all of the facts on Global Warming would probably never be published, because it would contain too many inconvenient facts about Global Warming that would contradict facts that had been in other scholarly, academic papers
and that had been made by other academics and scholars........
Anyway, that was a very interesting panel discussion and a great way to end the San Miguel Writer's Conference....
Lawrence Hill was the keynote speaker from Canada...
A lot of the Literary Workshops were held outside in open air tents.
The Hotel that the Writer's Conference was held at, The Real de Minas, has a 2 or 3 acre park that it holds outdoor events on - there were 5 workshops tents and a super big tent that had a bookstore, souvenir tables (most of the attendees were from outside Mexico), publisher's tables, administrative tables for registering, different writers association's tables, etc.,etc....There are ponds in the park with fountains, etc.. There is even a small bull fighting ring - although I have never heard of there being a bull fight there...For the lunches, they put out blankets and pillows so that you could lay or sit on the blankets when eating your lunch, like having a picnic.. I had a nap, several times during our lunch breaks - stretching out on a blanket in the warm sun was very relaxing.... I do have a problem sitting all day in the workshops and listening to the different keynote speakers....Some people found my napping during the lunch break amusing - and took a picture of me napping......
Now, Back to my Spanish Lessons....
Viva La Mexico
Hasta La Viva
Y Mis Amigos, Amigas, Compaņeros and Compaņeras: