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I m not a fan of inspirational quote books, and the out of context one liners zipping around social media drive me nuts, but I love this book Some of the entries are short, but others are full blown vignettes, all extracted from interviews conducted over several decades for The Paris Review. Writers who lived in different times and places are holding forth in the same room, and I get to listen in An anecdote by William Faulkner may be followed a few pages later by a comment about Faulkner made after Faulkner was long dead The book covers all sorts of topics that writers talk about often, and the Technical Matters section includes plenty of useful nuts and bolts wisdom about beginnings and endings, plot, characterization, dialogue, writer s block, and other challenges I especially liked the chapter on symbols, though, or perhaps because, it will probably piss some English teachers off.Within each topic the contributions are arranged in alphabetical order I just opened at random to two pages in On Critics where James Dickey J P Donleavy John Dos Passos Margaret Drabble Lawrence Durrell Aldous Huxley The serendipitous conversations thus provoked are quite wonderful.Since I borrowed this book from the library, I went looking for my own copy and was shocked to learn that the going prices at OnlineBehemoth.com started at 299 I bid on a copy at MegaAuctionSite.com but bailed when the price soared past 30 It eventually went for 71 What to do, what to do While typing this little review, I returned to OnlineBehemoth.com and what to my wondering eyes did appear but two used paperback copies for sale at less than 5 plus shipping There s still one left Go get it. Exactly what it says it is, a compendium What do you get when you listen to a slew of writers voicing their opinions on a variety of subject Just that, a bunch of opinions, some helpful, some wishy washy, many conflicting views which was most interesting , some subjective almost stream of consciousness, suggesting they may have been off their game that day Suspect that for anyone who reads it, there will be useable nuggets and much to skim Enjoy it for the depth and breadth of the material and writers engaged. The book is a collection of observations about writing from some well known writers The writers are all over the map in a good sense My favorite quotes from various authors circling the typewriter getting ready to write poetry is a language within a language The first discipline in poetry is the realization that there is a discipline that any art is first and foremost a craft Men should use common words to say uncommon things, but they do the opposite Schopenhauer When a writer uses an out of the way word.the attention of the reader is distracted by the word Good ones authors don t have time to bother with success or getting rich You do not create a style You work, and develop yourself your style is an emanation from your own being I truly do not care about a book once it is finished.The book dies a real death for me when I write the last word Steinbeck One must avoid ambition in order to write Otherwise something else is the goal Writing islike a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible Hearing a poem, as opposed to reading it on the page, means you miss so much the shape, the punctuation, the italics.When you write a poem, you put everything into it that s needed the reader should hear it just as clearly as if you were in the room saying it to him I ve written some poetry I don t understand myself Sandburg The Writer s Chapbook is a delightful book, composed of quotes from great writers of the 20th century, culled from The Paris Review about on topics such as work habits, style, criticism, and the writer s life I particularly enjoyed the portraits section, with writers offering their thoughts about other writers, usually based on relationships or meetings I gained additional insights on how these people related to others and to each other George Plimpton, one of the founders of The Paris Review, wrote the introduction This is a book that can be read in several sittings, or like me, over a period of several months since it s arranged in such a way that you can easily pick up where you left off and hardly lose a beat As a writer, I found the book to be informative about how writers of every genre approach their work I believe readers will also find the book to be enlightening and entertaining as it delves into all aspects of the craft. It took me forever to read it, just because the short segments made it easy to put down in favor of, oh, say, a novel But it is a delightful compilation,so because it was published in 1989 so there are writers included that have faded, others that are still underrated But always wonderful Kind of wish I had a hard back edition it s already showing signs of age. who can argue with tenessee williams, eudora welty, f oconnor, k a porter truman capote, hemingway about what it means to write, why to do it, and what makes good writing well i guess they can argue with each other, and that s what they do in this book, virtually, that is, oror less It s reat fun. |Download Book ☧ The Writer's Chapbook A Compendium of Fact, Opinion, Wit, and Advice from the Twentieth Century's Preeminent Writers ♶ The First Issue Of The Paris Review InIncluded An Interview On The Craft Of Writing With E M Forster, Perhaps The Greatest Living Author Of The Time Subsequent Issues Carried Interviews With, Among Others, Fran Ois Mauriac, Graham Greene, Irwin Shaw, William Styron, Ralph Ellison, And William Faulkner In The Intervening Years, Many Of The World S Most Significant Writers Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, John Updike, And John Dos Passos Sat Down With The Paris Review Many Of The Interviews Have Been Collected In A Series Of Volumes Entitled Writers At Work From These Interviews, The Paris Review S Editor, George Plimpton, Has Selected The Best And Most Illuminating Insights That The Writers Have Provided And Arranged Them By Subject Rather Than By Author The Book Is Divided Into Four Parts The Writer A Profile Including The Sections On Reading, On Work Habits, On The Audi Ence, Etc Part II Is Technical Matters On Style, On Plot, Etc Part III Is Different Forms On Biography, On Journalism And Part IV Is The Writer S Life, Covering Topics Like Conferences, Courses, And Teaching, Along With A Section In Which Writers Provided Portraits Of Other Writers The Writer S Chapbook Is A Fund Of Observations By Writers On Writing These Range From Marvel Ous One Liners Eugene O Neill On Critics I Love Every Bone In Their Heads T S Eliot On Editors I Suppose Some Editors Are Failed Writers But So Are Most Writers To Expositions On Plot, Character, And The Technical Process Of Putting Pen To Paper And Doing It For A Living I Don T Even Have A Plot, Says Norman Mailer Paul Bowles Describes Writing In Bed Toni Morrison Talks About Inventing Characters And Edward Albee And Tom Wolfe Explain Where They Discovered The Titles For Who S Afraid Of Virginia Woolf And The Bonfire Of The Vanities This Book Is A Treasure But Beware What Is True For The Writers At Work Series Holds For The Writer S Chapbook Even A Reader Who Picks It Up, Intending Just To Dip Into It, Might Not Emerge For Days I will be eternally grateful to my beloved father Sam Winograd for giving me this book of quotes, anecdotes, and reflections from writers on writing I like this quote from writer John Irving, A writer is a vehicle I feel the story I am writing existed before I existed. Every novelist and poet should read this book In the dark of night when you re sure it s all junk and you re feeling like an idiot and insane for even trying to write there s a quote that will get you out of your funk. I pick this up occasionally to re read parts Thoroughly entertaining for anyone interested in writing.