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The other day I was reading Ben Dolnick's Shelf-Love http://www.amazon.com/Shelf-Love-Kindle-Single-ebook/dp/B008EMV7IA

It's basically a love letter in essay form to his favorite author Alice Munro, and it's a fun read. The best part was when he tried to zero in on what made Munro's stories so real. It wasn't that every detail was so perfectly rendered, lots of authors are better at that (e.g. Updike). But somehow her stories transport the reader out of their seat and into that alternative world more completely than any perfectly rendered detail could account for.

After a few pages of thinking out loud about it, he suggested that it's because when she sits down to read she turns her dials for ego to zero and curiosity to 100. I just loved that and think that any author, whether of novels or blog posts, could improve their writing by striving to do the same.
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