9 February 2011

‘Wars come and go, bugs are forever.’

Mary Gaitskill on writing, Nabokov, MFAs, rejection, mystery, her early career, pointlessness...
Mary Gaitskill, 1989

Her writing essentials:
1. willingness to be lonely
2. maniacal persistence
3. courage
4. and then something else that makes it impossible to quit, even when, rationally, you really ought to
5. let go of the idea of success

The full text (I think it's from a talk/speech) is worth reading, honest and brave - over here.
Mary Gaitskill, recent

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