Quote of the day

John Steinbeck

“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.” – John Steinbeck

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  1. I wonder at the ability of Steinbeck, Hemingway and others considered accomplished early and mid twentieth century writers to capture such a wide audience with their storytelling. I have vast access to people, places and things from which to learn for my simple efforts at fiction. The internet, media, and ease of travel exposes writers to so much more to stimulate our creativity. Prior to the commonness of radio and television, the world was what was before your eyes or what the New York Times told you it was. To gather and filter life in those days and write of it so well makes their stories even more impressive.

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  2. Very true. As soon as self doubt creeps in it infects every keystroke.
    I see that self confidence in so many people in the media when there is zero warrant for it, yet somehow they have convinced themselves they are good. Comedians are one example. You would think being funny is a prerequisite, 100% essential. But somehow there are hundreds of unfunny people who call themselves comedians and make money being unfunny….how? Lol

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      1. I can only imagine what the situation is like stateside right now. And yep another good example. People that dont know shit still hold positions of influence and it baffles me as to how it happens.
        Theres something inherently messed up when someone incompetent at their job is afforded accolades and praise and allowed to dish out advice, opinion etc with no merit.
        Such is the way of the world 😯

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  3. John Steinbeck’s cottage in Somerset ( near the Arthurian seat of Avalon?) is visible from my bedroom window . Easy to believe that writing is the ONLY thing of importance when all the local owls, blackbirds and hares agree, and not even a telephone exited to suggest otherwise!

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      1. LIke all things it is now owned by a wealthy B******, who proposed to give it to his daughter for her eighteenth birthday. She doesn’t fancy living in it! I’ll take a walk with a camera and try. I did go in once, just an untouched farm cottage with flagged floors, sash windows and a view towards Camelot. Husband had a pupil ( he taught locally) who sat outside for three days until invited in by Steinbeck. So still a living presence to us!

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  4. LionAroundWriting,

    “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”

    Sounds like folks haven’t changed much in two thousand years…

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  5. The middle school I attended was named after Steinbeck. It has since closed, which I think Steinbeck would’ve appreciated because he once said he didn’t want anything named after him except maybe a “brothel or a bowling alley.” Which is kind of funny because there actually is a bowling alley up the street from the former school, not so sure about a brothel.
    Cannery Row is my favorite novel.

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