Saturday, April 12, 2008

Kissing, sneezing, laughing, blushing

From Nicholas Fearn's profile of Raymond Tallis at the Independent: "'It's a wonderful feeling when you have a book coming on,' Tallis says. 'The only point of writing a book is to discover things you've never thought before.'"


  1. Very interesting quote... simple but direct in its message. Thanks for posting it.

  2. Yes. Sometimes I post things with no comment with which I distinctly _disagree_, but in this case I strongly endorse the sentiment--"only" might be over-exaggerated, but writing a book is a huge amount of trouble, really not worth it if it is not in order to think something through. (True in my opinion for novels as well as for academic books, though obviously I have a stronger academic than novelistic cast of thought!)