A Quote by Barry Lopez on writer

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[Asked to consider the role of the writer, Mr. Lopez has said],

"I like to use the word isumatug. It’s of eastern Arctic Eskimo dialect and refers to the storyteller, meaning ‘the person who creates the atmosphere in which wisdom reveals itself.’ I think that’s the writer’s job. It’s not to be brilliant, or to be the person who always knows, but… to be the one who recognizes the patterns that remind us of our obligations and our dreams.”

Barry Lopez

Source: Lannan Foundation website

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