Posted Tuesday evening, May 8, 2018.
Paul Theroux has a new book out, and, characteristically, it begins querulously, which is one of the things that make Theroux one of my favorite writers, his querulousness:
“If I can’t stand listening to the rabid vanity of other writers talking in abstractions about their work, why should I do it myself? I am happier to see people write fiction well without moaning about how they did it. When writers complain about how tough a job writing is, making a meal of their pain, any fool can see that what they are saying is a crock. Compared with a real job, like coal mining or harvesting pineapples or putting out wildfires or waiting on tables, writing is heaven.”
---from the introduction to “Figures in a Landscape” by Paul Theroux.