Thursday, March 24, 2005

Time

There’s a nice story in The Guardian about Michael Holroyd, who has just won a big prize for biography. He says “He will spend much of his winnings ‘buying myself time to write. That's what I need at the moment, time.’” If he, with all of his successes, needs time, where does that leave the rest of us plebians?

Buying time: the big trick of the writer’s life. This week is spring break. The papers are not yet graded, my entries here have been massively long, and, still, writing my book proceeds glacially. But, I’ve read most of Sula today and will finish it now. Strange to come so late to a great book: one wants to say, “Toni Morrison’s really good. Boy! That Sula sure is a novel. Mm-hmm.” But to whom?

1 comment:

dave said...

I felt the same way about Beloved: really good book, once I figured out what the heck was going on. But anyone I might have cared to share that sentiment with was like "you hadn't read that book until now?

It happens, people.

BTW, I still haven't read Sula.