Before setting out to work today, I read this:

“… the writer has made the decision of what to include and what to leave out.  It doesn’t mean he or she isn’t telling the truth; it simply means that events can’t be recorded exactly.  They can only be interpreted.  Even a photograph reveals only part of the picture.  The frame is defined by its own four edges.  Whom do you choose to leave out of the portrait?  Whom do you choose to include?”

~  Ann Patchett, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage  

And watched this:

“There’s more pressure, of course, when you’re writing about people who live and did live.  You face the fact that these people were complicated, multi-faceted, unique human beings.  And through the writing of the memoir you sort of discover that you never truly know an entire person.”

~   Jesmyn Ward