Patiently, during office hours, he tried to explain his course material, even while privately he wondered if some of his students had been mistakenly admitted to college, because they seemed to him mildly retarded.
Intuition by Allegra Goodman (p. 30)
The chance to make things up is so exciting…you get a chance to stand on the prow of the boat and look out at this huge continent that no one has ever seen before. You could spend time describing your own street or whatever you have in your refrigerator or whatever emotional problems you think you might have. Or you could stand on the edge of the ship and try to describe this jungle, this thing you see, and to me that’s what a story is. Whether it’s a novel or a song, it’s this beautiful, big scary place that only you know about.