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OH. I just discovered what I want to be when I grow up.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2010 on It's Not Metropolis but... at Parabasis
Probably an odd example to cite, but the title essays from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Crack-Up do it for me. Written after the relatively indifferent reception of Gatsby and Tender, the three pieces are unflinchingly honest about the emotional and psychological debit that creation inflicts on the artist: "the state of emotional exhaustion that often overtakes writers in their prime." I realize that this sounds more depressing than inspiring, but the way Fitzgerald talks himself back from his breakdown is paradoxically comforting. I keep them handy for when I'm having trouble writing or feel discouraged by the work. Amazingly, they are online; Esquire, who originally published them in 1936, made them available a few years ago.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2010 on Another Great Essay On Writing... at Parabasis
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