- Richard Ford
Yes, what isn't obvious from the bench is that the observer is also a recorder. What he reckons is that everyone has a story. Everyone. Sometimes people know their story and sometimes they don't. Not yet, anyway. And maybe never. He is curious about their stories but he knows enough to realize that you can't force the telling of the story. So he watches. He lets people tell their own details, even if they can't hear their story. He waits for the unfolding. And records what he knows. In the stillness of 4:00 in the morning, the stories fall out of the observer and onto the keyboard. And he feels connected.