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Flaubert. Paraphrased by Martin Amis in his intro to J.G. Ballard's Complete Short Stories as, "Writers should be orderly and predictable in their lives, so that they can be ferocious and sinister in their work."

Soyez réglé dans votre vie et ordinaire comme un bourgeois, afin d’être violent et original dans vos œuvres.

Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
[Letter to Gertrude Tennant (December 25, 1876)]


Don't know if I agree with this, but it's certainly provocative and intriguing.

Date: 2009-12-15 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] echoboom.livejournal.com
i like it! though violent may not the be the best word, i still like it

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