Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ghosts of my Life/My Alibis #11

"it was the fear that afflicts most citizens who, one fine (or dark) day, choose to make the practice of writing... an integral part of their lives. Fear of being no good. Also fear of being overlooked. But above all, fear of being no good. Fear that one's efforts and striving will have come to nothing. Fear of the step that leaves no trace. Fear of the forces of chance and nature that wipe away shallow prints. Fear of dining alone and unnoticed. Fear of going unrecognised. Fear of failure and making a spectacle of oneself. But above all, fear of being no good. Fear of forever dwelling in the hell of bad writers." - Roberto BolaƱo, 2666


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand the bit about "fear of dining alone and unnoticed", unless if I'm interpreting it too literally.

January 16, 2011 at 7:57 AM  

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