Sunday, March 13, 2005

Well, Shave My Tonsils!

This quotation by Paul Auster is starting to give me the creeps...

"Becoming a writer is not a 'career decision' like becoming a doctor or a policeman. You don't choose it so much as get chosen, and once you accept the fact that you're not fit for anything else, you have to be prepared to walk a long, hard road for the rest of your days."

How does a writer know when he/she has "gotten chosen?" Can't a writer be "fit" for other things besides writing?

Just finished Auster's "Mr. Vertigo" for the second time, which was just so darn satisfying. Auster's father was Jewish, just like Master Yehudi, but I don't know whether or not he was Hungarian... anyway, everything I've read from Auster deserves mention, but this one deserves particular props, 'specially seein' as how Art Spiegelman did the cover art...


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