Today’s extremes: the creative process


13 November 2009, 13.42 CET

[Via Unit Verse]

Cormac McCarthy

“Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.”

“Creative work is often driven by pain. It may be that if you don’t have something in the back of your head driving you nuts, you may not do anything. It’s not a good arrangement. If I were God, I wouldn’t have done it that way. Things I’ve written about are no longer of any interest to me, but they were certainly of interest before I wrote about them. So there’s something about writing about it that flattens them. You’ve used them up. I tell people I’ve never read one of my books, and that’s true. They think I’m pulling their leg.”

—Cormac McCarthy, in The Wall Street Journal

[Via The Awl]


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