Monday, July 29, 2013

from a writer's perspective, the greatest evil of capitalism is...

Too many people write for money instead of love, so the world of literature fills with jabber, to use Charlie Brooker's term.

It's amazing how much jabber I endure in the search for meaningful and entertaining words—but the jabber's wearing me down. It may be why I don't read much fiction anymore.

Yes, Samuel Johnson said, "No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money" but what's clever isn't necessarily true. If he'd simply said, "No man but a blockhead ever wrote," I'd agree with him.

Take a look at the world's great books, then tell me how many were written for money.

But don't tell me if you're just adding to the jabber.

Inspired by Too much talk for one planet: why I'm reducing my word emissions | Charlie Brooker

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