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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Non, non, non

Writers should resist critics. They should ignore them or, failing that, or if poked with a sharp enough stick, bite them, hard, hard enough to make them go away. The writer is not the critic's friend.

When Emil Cioran learned that Le Monde wanted to do a feature on him his response was to try to have it cancelled. His objection, when his friends protested:
Je ne suis pas totalement imposteur... des éloges ramassés, sollicités, non, non, non. Je ne peux être complice d’un tel déshonneur.

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