Tuesday, April 23, 2013

All that I have written now seems so much straw

“How I love the dying words of St.Thomas Aquinas: “All that I have written now seems so much straw!” Finally he saw. At the very last minute. He knew—and he was wordless.
If it takes ninety-nine years to attain such a moment, fine! We are all bound up with the creator in the process. The ninety-eight years are so much sticks of wood to kindle the fire. Its the fire that counts.”
 —  Henry Miller, “My Aims and Intentions”

“Where readers used to see, perhaps, a paragraph thanking the writer’s editor and agent, a few key researchers, and maybe a family member or two, now we are confronted with a chapter-long laundry list of name after name. [Sheryl] Sandberg’s seven-and-a-half page section, for instance, thanks more than 140 people for contributing to her 172 page book.”
Rulers of my childhood in the good old straw peppered Czechoslovakia ~ –The New Republic

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