What is the Writer’s Job?


“Beneath memory and experience, beneath imagination and invention—beneath words, as she says — there are rhythms to which memory and imagination and words all move; and the writer’s job is to go down deep enough to begin to feel that rhythm, to find it, move to it, be moved by it, and let it move memory and imagination to find words.”

– Ursula K. Le Guin

Virginia Woolf on Reading


An excerpt from Virginia Woolf's "How One Should Read a Book"

"I have sometimes dreamt, at least, that when the Day
of Judgment dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and
statesmen come to receive their rewards--their crowns, their
laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble--the
Almighty will turn to Peter and will say, not without a certain
envy when he sees us coming with our books under our arms, "Look,
these need no reward.  We have nothing to give them here.  They
have loved reading."