They’re not like compact discs or even phonograph records. These are things that had their day and they were replaced. You can say that you’ve seen the same progression with books in that e-books have a lot of nice bells and whistles. But the big difference is that audio recordings of music have only been around for, I’m going to say, 120 years at the most. Books have been around for three, four centuries. There’s a deeply implanted desire and understanding and wanting of books, of needing books, that isn’t there with music. It’s a deeper well of human experience.
—Stephen King (via vintageanchorbooks)
Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women for the money. And it made her miserable.
As a young writer, Alcott concentrated on lurid pulp stories of revenge, murder, and adultery–“blood and thunder” literature, as she called i–and enjoyed writing very much. She was in her mid 30s when an editor suggested she try writing a book for girls. Alcott wasn’t very interested, but her father was a complete moron with money and had left the family in terrible financial trouble. Alcott wrote Little Women in hopes of some decent sales and a little breathing room and got way more than she asked for. The money in sequels was too good to turn down (and her father didn’t get any smarter with a dime), but Alcott hated writing what she called “moral pap for the young” and longed to return to the smut and violence of her early endeavors.
caption: John Hovey, Journal of a voyage from Newburyport, Mass. to San Francisco, Cal. in the Brig Charlotte, 1849, ink and watercolor. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. GIFed by The Huntington.
Another of Pablo Neruda’s writing spaces in Chile, from Alastair Reid’s book “Pablo Neruda: Absence and Presence”
Voilà, ça c’est exactement l’image de mon rêve le plus fou : avoir une table au ras de la mer pour y poser mon envie d’écrire et mes petits carnets… loin de tout si possible.
Vous avez ça pour moi ?
Si oui… je vous réponds aussitôt, je deviens votre ami pour la vie, je vous épouse s’il le faut, je vous aime pour toujours… et au-delà … :-)
Christopher Morley #autoreblog