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Thursday, 30 March 2017

THINK ABOUT IT #23: Charmian Clift


It is the most pretentious nonsense to believe that the work you do will live after you.  It might, but then again it might not, and history will be the judge of that, not you.  What most of us leave to posterity are only a few memories of ourselves, really, and possibly a few enemies.  A whole human life of struggle, bravery, defeat, triumph, hope, despair, might be remembered, finally, for one drunken escapade.

'What Are You Doing It For?' [Being Alone With Oneself: Essays 1968-1969 (1991)]


Click HERE to read about the life and work of Australian journalist, novelist, memoirist and broadcaster CHARMIAN CLIFT.

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