Joan Didion
[Writer, b. 1934, Sacramento, California, lives in New York.]

 ...[t]o shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed. 
 For however dutifully we record what we see around us, the common denominator of all we see is always, transparently, shamelessly, the implacable “I.” 
 …if we are to live ourselves there comes a point at which we must relinquish the dead, let them go, keep them dead. Let them become the photograph on the table.