I work in publishing. I like books and the people who read them.
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Libraries aren’t in the real world, after all. They’re places apart, sanctuaries of pure thought. Paul Auster (via picadorbookroom)
The muse won’t always cooperate and she will never be coerced. Sometimes she’d rather take a nap or see a mid-afternoon movie. Jonathan Tropper, “On Writing Without Writing”
Dear Harry, PLEASE sell this to The New Yorker as I am VERY VERY VERY poor … I STILL HAVE NO HOT WATER. I STILL HAVE NO HOT WATER. I shall go crazy.
W.H. Auden’s plea to an editor at The New Yorker, as recorded in his diary, which just sold at auction for $75,000
The Kindle changed my reading habits, because I now buy books pretty much only when I’m drunk, and late at night. Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, to The Boston Globe
I think the first thing—if you want to be a writer—the first thing you need to do is write. Which sounds like an obvious piece of advice. But so many people have this feeling they want to be a writer and they love to read but they don’t actually write very much. The main part of being a writer, though, is being profoundly alone for hours on end, uninterrupted by email or friends or children or romantic partners and really sinking into the work and writing. That’s how I write. That’s how writing gets done. Cheryl Strayed, in a great interview with Amitava Kumar at Guernica
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