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DeLillo on Finishing

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A quickie break from the Meaning stuff.

Really now, is anything less meaningful than someone jabbering on about meaning. So as I'm wondering what the heck I'm doing, I came across this in the New Yorker, in an old article about David Foster Wallace.

"In the wake of “Infinite Jest,” he felt anxiety about his writing. Earlier, Wallace had asked DeLillo whether it was normal. DeLillo reassured him, invoking Henry James’s words: “Doubt is our passion.” He added, “Some writers may have to do 2, 3 books, say in midcareer, before they remember that writing can be fun.”"

Nice.

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