By Peter Amos I’m not a writer. At least I’ve never thought of myself that way. I put letters into peculiar order, shuffle them, share them with – anyone – but “writer” is the sort of word that belongs in a one-sentence bio and never feels right to say aloud. Calling oneself “a writer” implies a […]

via Back in the Woodshed: Practice and Seclusion in Words and Music — BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog

On Reading, Learning, & Listening

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Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or poorly written. That is all.

—Oscar Wilde

Dealing with CRITICISM

 

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“If critics say your work “stinks” it’s because they want it to stink and they can

make it stink by scaring you into conformity with their comfortable little

standards. Standards so low that they can no longer be considered “dangerous”

but set in place in their compartmental understandings.”

—Jack Kerouac