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Filling the trough

“It is only by hazard that a writer makes money although good books always make money eventually.  Then our writers when they have made some money increase their standard of living and they are caught.  They have to write to keep up their establishments, their wives, and so on, and they write slop.  It is slop not on purpose but because it is hurried.  Because they write when there is nothing to say or no water in the well.  Because they are ambitious.  Then, once they have betrayed themselves, they justify it and you get more slop.  Or else they read the critics.  If they believe the critics when they say they are great then they must believe them when they say they are rotten and they lose confidence.” – Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills of Africa

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