Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Dorothy Parker on writers

From "The Function of the Writer," Esquire Magazine Symposium, 10/1958:

"To me, there are only two kinds of writers─those who write badly and those who write well. I believe, and it is a sad belief, that any writer, no matter what he puts down, does the best he can─oh, sure, sure, he may write what he calls dashing off something─but I tell you no matter what he writes, it is the best he can. It is the congenital curse of the writer that whatever he writes is the best he can do." ─Dorothy Parker

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