November 24th, 2013

Reading

Thinking about writing

Kind of not doing very well tonight, trying to calm down and recenter by reading Scarlett Thomas' "Our Tragic Universe," which seems to have a lot of conversations in it about writing. I liked this bit, no idea if it's true: "Tolstoy always saw his own writing as 'teaching' and had his breakdown partly because he was so anxious that he didn't have anything to teach. But Chekhov only ever saw his own writing as the formulation of questions, and so didn't need to have a crisis about it."