11 Comments on “The Importance of Pith”

  1. Eric says:

    I constantly come back to an aphorism I got from Terry Davis: “Get up on the lip of the stage and dance.”

  2. Paul says:

    “Writing = ass + chair” — Oliver Stone

  3. jonsealy says:

    James Baldwin: “People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become, and they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.”

    Don DeLillo: “The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence. The writer is the man or woman who automatically takes a stance against his or her government. There are so many temptations for American writers to become part of the system and part of the structure that now, more than ever, we have to resist. American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous. Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That’s why so many of them are in jail.”

    I kept those two quotes taped to my office wall until I worked up the nerve to quit my day job and write full time.

  4. If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of things that‘s read by persons who move their lips when they‘re reading to themselves. — Don Marquis

  5. “A writer’s hand is no better than a ploughman’s.” — Arthur Rimbaud
    For those days you need to be taken down a notch, or else, just need the reminder that you are free to work as you wish in anonymity.

  6. maltman25 says:

    I read somewhere that Philip Roth had a sign taped over his desk that said “Stay put.” That has helped me.

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