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Thursday, 30 January 2014

WRITERS ON WRITING #43: Doris Lessing


I'm sure I've said this before but I'll say it again –– there's a kind of problem between critics and writers.  A writer falls in love with an idea and gets carried away.  A critic looks at the finished product and ignores the rush of a river that went into the writing, which has nothing to do with the kind of temperate thoughts you have about it.  If you can imagine the sheer bloody pleasure of having an idea and taking it!  It's one of the great pleasures in my life.  My god, an idea!

"Q&A: Doris Lessing," by HARVEY BLUME, The Boston Globe [5 August 2007]

 

Click HERE to read the full interview with DORIS LESSING at the online archive of The Boston Globe.


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