Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Today's Word—Career Advice

Career advice:
“Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was stabbed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire, then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to be a writer—and if so, why?”
Bennett Cerf (1898-1971), co-founder of Random House (Thanks to alert WORDster Tom McGuire)


  1. JV writes:

    Don't forget Hemingway and Hunter Thompson.


  2. Because writing is rarely boring?


  3. Among writers there are crowds of the despised, debauched and immoral. Among my favorites, William Cowper Brann, editor of The Iconoclast, Waco, Texas, who was gunned down on the street on April Fool's Day, 1898. Everyone's a critic!