World to writers: “Meh…”

Novelist and poet Vikram Seth:

“I approve of staying with one’s parents if you can pull that off,” he said. “A dressing gown, a hot water bottle and some whisky, if you can procure it, are really all that you need, they are the absolute essentials for a writer.”


He has some good advice, namely “just do it,” but you have to choke down this tidbit to get to it:

“I was lucky enough that my parents were supportive of my decision to abandon my PhD at Stanford and take up residence in their house to do my writing even though not just the neighbors , even the domestic staff looked on me with a puzzled contempt.”

Yeah, it’s pretty tough when your domestic staff looks on you with contempt. He’s preaching to the choir.

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