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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Writing as Solace

I draw real comfort from good writing, as from well-played music. It is soothing and refreshing. I hope that something I write will have that effect on someone else at some point. Most academic writing depletes rather than refreshing.

2 comments:

Leslie said...

Yes.

Random: check this: http://www.truth-out.org/gertrude-steins-missing-vichy-years/1317135716

And: science: are other people as unchanging as me? I have figured out that the last 5 weeks' output works out to 1500 finished words per week and much more fascinatingly that this has been the precise average output in (a) the BA program (b) dissertation time and (c) virtually every other steady working time.

Is everyone this consistent? Inquiring minds must know. What I have constantly heard is that you'll never make it unless you emit 1750 *bad* words a day but every experiment I have ever tried disproves this.

Jonathan said...

I believe in those uncanny personal coincidences. Like that I wake up at 7:15 every day without needing an alarm clock. I can just wake up, look at my clock, and it will be around 7:15 every time. You know what your rhythm is and that works for you.