Bird by Bird - Part 4, Section 5, The Last Class Summary & Analysis

Anne Lamott
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Part 4, Section 5, The Last Class Summary and Analysis

Even after sharing so much of herself and her wisdom with her students, and the readers, Anne is overwhelmed by how much more there is to share. A central point, which Anne reiterates from an earlier part of the book, is to return to childhood. "Write about that time in your life when you were intensely interested in the world," Anne advises on page 225, "when your powers of observation were at their most acute, when you felt things so deeply."

Anne goes on to address another central idea: Write the truth even if it is rooted in revenge. The truth is important as it is the reality of one's experience. Vengeance entails a depth of experience from which a writer can mine rich detail. She wants to be careful and to avoid libel...

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