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A pretty interesting interview I found with Georges Simenon: http://www.parisreview.com/viewinterview.php/prmMID/5020

“Writing is considered a profession, and I don’t think it is a

profession. I think that everyone who does not need to be a writer,

who thinks he can do something else, ought to do something else.

Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don’t

think an artist can ever be happy.”

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I’m currently reading Joyce Carol Oates’ Expensive People (review up in a day or two), and as I was just doing some browsing about her online, I found out that not only had she re-married after her husband’s death in 2008, but she’s selling her long-time home. After reading her descriptions of her writing habits and seeing several photos of her at home, it’s interesting to get a look at the place where she did so much work, and the adjoining woods that she talked about.

I”m a bit surprised at the almost mod-style feel of the place.  Those floor-to-ceiling windows must cost a fortune to heat in the winter.

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