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Fearful scribes angling for academic posts

“Writers should work alone.  They should see each other only after their work is done, and not too often then.  Otherwise they become like writers in New York.  All angleworms in a bottle, trying to derive knowledge and nourishment from their own contact and from the bottle.  Sometimes the bottle is shaped art, sometimes economics, sometimes economic-religion.  But once they are in the bottle they stay there.  They are lonesome outside of the bottle.  They do not want to be lonesome.  They are afraid to be alone in their beliefs.” – Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills of Africa

Published inErnest HemingwayLit & Crit


  1. He’s right of course. But conversation is part of the job these days, there’s no getting around it.

    • always has been. never has been a solitary writer, though a writer must be long and often alone to write.

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