This is Why I’m Not a Speedy Writer.

A sculpture in bronze made by the Sculptor Fernando Andrea, 2013

T. E. Lawrence. A sculpture in bronze made by the Sculptor Fernando Andrea, 2013

“Learn all you can…. Get to know their families, clans and tribes, friends and enemies, wells, hills and roads. Do all this by listening and by indirect inquiry. … Get to speak their dialect … not yours. Until you can understand their allusions, avoid getting deep into conversation or you will drop bricks.” ~ T. E. Lawrence, from The Arab Bulletin, 20 August 1917

(Reproduced at The World War I Document Archive.)

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