The Curse of the Writer

Jim Belshaw on walking into his house upon discovering that his old Datsun pickup had been stolen:

Here’s the worst part: As I rushed back into the house to tell Liz, I couldn’t stop thinking that this was going to make a good column.

Once again, Philip Roth came to mind. He said nothing that happens to someone who writes for a living is bad because everything that happens is material. He’s right.

The corollary is that nothing that happens to someone who writes happens outside of the context of thinking about writing about it.

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  1. It’s the same thing for photographers: seeing a beautiful sunset with somebody you love, and thinking “I don’t want to share this with anybody else, but that would be an incredible photograph.””

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