Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Being and writing …

… The Millions : The Writer is Not Here: On Nihilism and the Writing Life - The Millions. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I think the daily act of sitting alone for hours and purposely conjuring up emotions and disturbing memories — precisely the kinds of things people use Percocet, vodka, food, and Netflix to forget — serves as the ideal petri dish for anxiety. Parks mentions that Barnes and Simenon also suffered from panic attacks. Without doing any real research, I can add the names David Foster Wallace,Philip RothVirginia WoolfJohn Steinbeck. These are all prose writers, of course. If we begin to add the names of the poets, the list gets real long, real fast.

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