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Stellanavis Milites

Stellanavis milites
necant cimices
aut erunt pabulum.

Dux tangit
cimicem maximum
et inquit
“Id metuit.”

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My quarrel is with the implication in the how-to books market that one can merely read them to find the magic secret for writing well enough to publish. Recently, at a college where I was lecturing, a student told me, with great pride, that he had “over a hundred books” in his library—I could see that I was meant to be impressed by the number, and that he considered himself a vastly well-read type of guy. He went on to say that many in his collection are how-to books. This person wants to be a writer, but he doesn’t want to do the work. Being a writer is a stance he wants to take. He did not come to writing from reading books, good or bad. He came to it from deciding it might be cool to walk around in that role. I meet this kind of “writer” far too often now in my travels around the country—even, occasionally, in the writing programs.

-via The Atlantic

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  • Youngest son's soccer team kicks more goals than the other team. Still loses. 1 day ago
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