”I don’t know if you saw it, but a few years back there was this great interview with Cormac McCarthy and Oprah. At one point she seemed to be trying to bait him into expressing how wonderful it was to have an audience and be admired. And he would have none of it. He basically said that he didn’t care one way or another whether anyone ever read his work. That, to me, is utterly badass. Kafka reportedly had the same attitude. I think this attitude is about being so engaged and fulfilled at the process level, that everything else looks incredibly ancillary. I aspire to that sort of detachment from the material concerns of the work as it makes its way in the world. And of course I’m nowhere near reaching that ideal. The first step toward achieving that ideal is not reading reviews of your own books. ”
Amerikkalaiskirjailija Ryan Boudinot HTML Giantissa.