Consolation for Those who Write Too Much

From an interview with Cynthia Ozick:

[In the early 50s an aspiring novelist] tried out teaching for a while after college—–as a teaching assistant on a stipend—–and then fled homeward to begin the novel. Mine, typically, was immensely ambitious. I thought of it as a “philosophical” novel, and was going to pit the liberal-modernists against the neo-Thomists. I wrote about 300,000 words of it.

Those were the days!

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