TANYA EBY is the author of three comedic novels “Blunder Woman”, “Easy Does It”, and “Pepper Wellington and the Case of the Missing Sausage”. She is the narrator of over fifty NY Times Bestselling novels and is a professor of writing at Kendall College of Art and Design. She is wonderfully awkward and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband and two quirky children. Visit her at http://www.tanyaeby.com . This post originally appeared there on Tonya’s own blog.
I do not want to write about this. I don’t! I swear to you! But…I. Can’t. Stop. Myself.
Why? Why do I insist on writing about the Kardashians? And her broken marriage?
Bear with me. (Or is it ‘bare’ with me. No. Can’t be that. We don’t want to be naked together). Bear with me. I have a point to make. And it’s a point, actually, about fiction and magic.
Magic doesn’t exist. I’m sorry. It doesn’t. But we WANT it to. And there are magicians out there who are terrific and making us see things we want to see. They’re illusionists. We watch them knowing they’re playing tricks on us, but we go into it willingly because if an illusionist is good, really good, then they make us BELIEVE that magic is actually possible, even if we know deep down it’s not. The trick isn’t about seeing birds appear or disappear. The trick is making us believe the impossible is possible. (more…)