Saturday, May 24, 2008

 

In and Out

"I imagined a room at the heart of a house, and life in its variety flowing in and out. Later still I came to see that I continued to value separation and privacy: the true writer either retreats and pays the price of isolation from the human stream or opens the door and pays the price of exposure to too many diverse currents. Now I've come to believe that there is no central act; instead there is a central struggle, ongoing, which is to retain control over the door--then shut it when necessary, open it at other times--and to retain the freedom to give up that control, and experiment with the room as porous."

By Janet Sternburg, from The Writer on Her Work, Volume One.

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