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Something to sew on a sampler

In “The Nature and Aim of Fiction,” collected in Mystery and Manners, Flannery O’Connor makes a point about attempting to do new things in fiction that can readily be extended to similar attempts in journalistic writing: “It’s always wrong of course to say that you can’t do this or you can’t do that in fiction. You can do anything you can get away with, but nobody has ever gotten away with much.”