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Thursday, September 25, 2008

 

'A Degree of Monomania'

Thanks to Working With Words for pointing out this piece by David Gessner on some of the challenges of the writing life. Here's a snippet:
It’s fine for writing teachers to talk in self-help jargon about how their lives require “balance” and “shifting gears” between teaching and writing, but below that civil language lurks the uncomfortable fact that the creation of literature requires a degree of monomania, and that it is, at least in part, an irrational enterprise. It’s hard to throw your whole self into something when that self has another job.

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1 Comments:

Blogger John Ettorre said...

That passage really does kind of nail it, doesn't it?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 7:47:00 AM PDT  

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