Slouching Towards Selling Out | Daily Quote (GR)

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“That is one last thing to remember: writers are always selling somebody out.
Joan Didion

This is a quote from the wonderful Joan Didion in her forward to Slouching Toward Bethlehem. And its true, that’s part of the moral liberty of the job — the quicksilver dilemma, the ethical ambiguity, the part where you can’t go home again, as Thomas Wolfe so naively found out.  Yet the good writers are selling themselves out first, blindly and incidentally by virtue of the craft itself which gives them a different clemency than a bad writer. For if a good writer is going to pickpocket, he will rob himself first.
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