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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Arrogance of Writing


Dead Beat mourns the passing of Norman Mailer.


Nevertheless he is reminded how much they have in common.


For a start, Mailer like Dead Beat completed his degree in Engineering. "I studied it for the first couple of years and realized I didn't want to be an engineer and I wasn't going to be a good one. But I stayed on and got my degree in engineering."


See, you could never tell if it was Dead Beat or Mailer speaking here. And what about here:


"You almost can't become a serious professional writer unless there is a built-in arrogance in yourself that you have something special about yourself. It's a vanity, and when the vanity is misplaced, as it usually is, it's sad, if not tragic. But once in a while you're up to your own idea of yourself. "

1 comment:

The Tennis Hacker said...

Sadly, I feel Norman Mailer's life's work was a waste. He fell in love with the publicity and the lights.