Writing

“The thing for you to do is write something with a delayed reaction, like those capsules that take an hour to melt in your stomach. In this way, it could be performed on Monday and not make them vomit until Wednesday, by which time they would not be sure who was to blame. This is the principle I operate under and I find it works very well.” ― Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor

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“Any criticism at all which depresses you to the extent that you feel you cannot ever write anything worth anything is from the Devil and to subject yourself to it is for you an occasion of sin. In you, the talent is there and you are expected to use it. Whether the work itself is completely successful, or whether you ever get any worldly success out of it, is a matter of no concern to you. It is like the Japanese swordsmen who are indifferent to getting slain in the duel.” ― Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor

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Tonight’s musical offering:

Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93 – Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen – Paavo Jarvi, Director

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

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