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Great post, thank you! I’ve always wondered about how liberating it would be to use a pseudonym, especially for nonfiction writers. But don’t we all have a signature style that people can actually smoke us out?!?!? This post reminded me of a phenomenal book I read in translation from the Japanese. MASKS by Fumiko Enchi. My post on the book is at https://open.substack.com/pub/kalpanamohan/p/the-masks-we-wear?r=4uv5u&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post

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Thank you so much for including my words in your brilliant "Masks" essay! What you've written is going to be a huge help to all sorts of people, making them get clear about authentic and inauthentic masks, assisting them in being creative and in refusing to hide their true selves.

It's so easy -- especially these days, with our broken politics -- to be hopelessly confused about the distinction between lies and the truth. Oscar Wilde wrote that, "to truth itself I gave what is false no less than what is true as its rightful province and showed that the false and the true are merely forms of intellectual existence." He was quite right. I think that, as artists, our concern is not the distinction between the false and the true, but the difference between the facts and the truth. A newspaper is filled with facts, but how many newspapers report the truth of any situation? We need fiction and storytelling if people are to grasp the truth of what has happened in their lives, what is going on around them.

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