How Do You Like Your Blue-Eyed Boy Mister Death?

March 29, 2012 § 3 Comments

Harry Crews, author of one of the rawest, most beautiful memoirs ever written, A Childhood, died yesterday.  We’ll miss him greatly.

Here he is on the challenge of writing:

“You have to go to considerable trouble to live differently from the way the world wants you to live. That’s what I’ve discovered about writing. The world doesn’t want you to do a damn thing. If you wait till you got time to write a novel or time to write a story or time to read the hundred thousands of books you should have already read–if you wait for the time, you’ll never do it. Cause there ain’t no time; world don’t want you to do that. World wants you to go to the zoo and eat cotton candy, preferably seven days a week.” ~ Harry Crews, 1935-2012


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§ 3 Responses to How Do You Like Your Blue-Eyed Boy Mister Death?

  • Amy Holman says:

    That’s a great quote, and for me, timely.

  • Doug Bruns says:

    Thanks for a terrific quote. I am, fortunately, at a place in my life where I’ve successfully got rid of the major distractions and am writing. This has been going on now for three years. Yet, I occasionally catch myself finding an excuse to not write, and now have the wisdom to realize it is that part of me offering up opportunity for failure and disappointment. The battle goes on…

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