Sunday, December 19, 2010

"For writing is a solitary occupation, and one of its hazards is loneliness. But an advantage of loneliness is privacy, autonomy, freedom."

Joyce Carol Oates, New Yorker Dec 13, 2010

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

writing is indeed a very lonely endeavor. but most great writing is drawn from human experience...human interaction. joyce carol oates shared her life, until recently, with her late husband raymond j. smith.

even the ultimate recluse emily dickinson needed friendships though she maintained them soley by correspondence.


loneliness is not a prerequisite for privacy, autonomy and freedom. in fact, loneliness can be a terrible, horrifying prison.