“50 years in a room silent as the bottom of a pool, eking out… my minimum daily allowance of usable prose.”

Art of Quotation

“C.M. Looking back, how do you recall your 50-plus years as a writer?

P.R. Exhilaration and groaning. Frustration and freedom. Inspiration and uncertainty. Abundance and emptiness. Blazing forth and muddling through. The day-by-day repertoire of oscillating dualities that any talent withstands — and tremendous solitude, too. And the silence:

50 years in a room silent as the bottom of a pool, eking out, when all went well, my minimum daily allowance of usable prose.”

Philip Roth, writer. From an interview with journalist Charles McGrath, source NYTimes


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