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Addendum: Learning again.

From William Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1949 (thank you, Rick):

Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only one question: When will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat. He must learn them again.

Perhaps it is worth mentioning that Faulkner was drunk when he gave the speech in Stockholm. But then I must also mention he was likely sober when he wrote it.

For my part, I don't think much has changed in the intervening fifty-seven years.


Sep. 9th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
fear oscillation
I believe the fear oscillates for some. Not so much for me.

After serving four years in the US Navy aboard a nuclear submarine, I've dealt with a nagging and pervasive sense of disquiet.

As for Faulkner and dipsomania: I recall an audio series I once owned that included a short bio of the man. It related an apocryphal conversation between a fan and Wm. that went something like this::

Fan: "Mr. Faulkner, do you drink when you write?"

Wm. : "Why madam, I always drink."

And you are welcome, Cait.

Warm Regards,

P.S. Dedman, you rock.

Sep. 11th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
Re: fear oscillation
Thank you!