Chapter 14: Getting Stabbed Kinda Takes the Fight Out Of Ya

So Márquez praises the direct speech of country folk, and Emerson does the same with blue-collar workers. Directness—simplicity—is just the start, though. If fine writing were just a matter of showering one’s readers with bullets, then best-sellerdom would be every blacksmith’s side hustle.

The voice we hear is one that will keep talking to us whether we want it to or not.