“Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case.”

–Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

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  • KAFKA ON THE SHORE Posted July 8, 2005 2:25 pm

    lol. i’m not so sure about the second bit. 🙂 I liked what Seymour writes in his letter to Buddy in Salinger’s ‘Seymour an Introduction’: “Do you know what I was smiling at? You wrote down that you were a writer by profession. It sounded to me like the loveliest euphemism I had ever heard. When was writing ever your profession? It?s never been anything but your religion. Never. I?m a little over-excited now. Since it is your religion, do you know what you will be asked when you die? ….

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