Monday, January 16, 2012

Quotation of the Week

Every week, I’ll put up a quotation related to writing or creation and tell you a little bit about the person who said it.  I’ll try to vary the speakers as much as possible.

"Every writer I know has trouble writing." - Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller was a satirical writer who authored 7 novels, a number of short stories, 3 plays and 3 screenplays.  He is most famously known for his novel Catch-22, the story of a group of US servicemen.  The title has since evolved into a phrase to describe a no win situation where no matter which choice you make, you end up with the same negative outcome.  The example used in the book goes like this:  To get sent back home (from the war), you need to be insane and ask to be sent home.  But if you ask to be sent home, you’re not insane, because only sane people would ask to be sent away from war (i.e. to a place where people aren’t shooting at you).  But if you don’t ask, you can’t get sent home.  Therefore, no matter what you do, you have to stay in service.

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