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Saturday, January 2, 2021
Quote of the Day (James Lee Burke, on Why ‘Vanity in an Artist is Pernicious’)
“William Faulkner, right before his death, said, had I
not written the books, another hand would have written them for me. And I think
every artist knows that. That’s why vanity in an artist is pernicious and the
virtue of humility is not a virtue, it’s a necessity. There is nothing that
will kill talent more quickly and with more certainty than pride or
self-aggrandizement about one’s gift. This has been my experience. And without
exception over the years, as soon as you see an artist, writer, anyone in the
arts on television, bragging om his talent, using those horrible words I, me,
mine, myself, he’s not at the peak of his career, he’s about ready to go right
over the cliff.”—American mystery writer James Lee Burke, quoted in Andrew F.
Gulli, “Interview: James Lee Burke,” The Strand Magazine, Issue LXI,
I'm a librarian (no, NOT a "cybrarian" or "information scientist" or any of the other trendy terms the profession has come up with), as well as a freelance writer/researcher; my political leanings are contrarian, much to the dismay of friends on the left and right, and so I will give anyone looking for my vote exactly what they deserve -- the back of my hand