Entries from November 2012

Conrad: The sitting is all

I sit down religiously every morning, I sit down for eight hours every day — and the sitting down is all.

Joseph Conrad, letter to Edward Garnett, Mar. 29, 1898 (via)

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Roth: Stop now

Then Roth, who, the world would learn sixteen days later, was retiring from writing, said, in an even tone, with seeming sincerity, “Yeah, this is great. But I would quit while you’re ahead. Really, it’s an awful field. Just torture. Awful. You write and write, and you have to throw almost all of it away because it’s not any good. I would say just stop now. You don’t want to do this to yourself. That’s my advice to you.”

I managed, “It’s too late, sir. There’s no turning back. I’m in.”

Nodding slowly, he said to me, “Well then, good luck.”

Julian Tepper, “In Which Philip Roth Gave Me Life Advice

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Today’s paper

Boston Globe after Obama's re-election

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Graying Obama


New Bloomberg Businessweek cover, out today, imagines Obama’s appearance in 2016.

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Junot Diaz: You keep writing anyway

In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.

Junot Diaz

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Ian McEwan on the ideal length of a story

I believe the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction.

Ian McEwan

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After the storm


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