July 28th, 2004

breaking bad

They also serve who only stand and wait

A post on the impossibility of writing as a career. I earned a living as a writer during the second half of the nineties. However, I wrote what could loosely be described as 'text books', and you can make a fair amount of money at that. He exempts that type of writing from his analysis. Instead he is talking about fiction. You aren't gonna get rich writing literature, he says.

I personally find his analysis largely convincing: it is possible to make money writing but only if you don't rely on it as your main source of income and/or if you cast your net widely as to what sort of writing you are prepared to do.
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Ten books that changed me

A post on Butterflies and Wheels about 'ten books that changed my thinking'. Here are some other examples.

This gave me pause for thought. My thinking has changed on many issues: perhaps 'back flipped' would be a more accurate description. But to what extent was such a back-flip ever caused by a single book? Other thoughts - Some books have changed my thinking, for a while, and then I changed my mind again. Some books change your thinking because they are so spectacularly bad that you reject them and all they stand for.

Nevertheless, here is a kind of list. None of these books gave me answers, but they made me think about new questions, which still occupy my mind.
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