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I blink and I am gone

“I exist only when I am writing. I am nothing when I am not writing. I am fully a stranger to myself, when I am not writing. Yet when I am writing, you cannot see me. No one can see me. You can watch a director directing, a singer singing, an actor acting, but no one can see what writing is.” — Ingeborg Bachmann (quoted by John Taylor in “Reading Ingeborg Bachmann”)

Published inIngeborg BachmannLit & Crit


  1. Thank god for that. No one wants to see a writer in the zone, what with the bedhead and fuzzy slippers. Most unglamorous.

    • admin admin

      there was a time when i wore a necktie when i wrote. other clothes, too.

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