How to Succeed as an Author: Give Up on Writing: The Rancid Smell of 21st Century Literary Success

January 22, 2014

Parents whose offspring aspire to artistic careers find themselves in the invidious position of either trying to crush their children’s hopes or encouraging a pursuit with poor prospects that will probably pay beans. Had I a seven-year-old who declared that she wanted to be a writer, as I did at that age, I worry that I might spontaneously exclaim, “Are you crazy?

The New Republic

By Lionel Shriver

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