Wisdom from a higher source


Craving some form of cultural retreat I picked up Sunday’s Observer and fell deeply into an article about the guru writer VS Naipaul. Aside from a few nice portraits by Harry Borden, it was the comments of the Nobel prize winning author that really took hold…

‘My idea of bliss, is to be in the middle of a work which you know is good, to write well all day, and go to a dinner party in the evening, and have nice wine.’

 I tend to agree with this kind of reasoning – my drink may be vodka, but there is surely no greater feeling than driving far and deep into a serious and meaningful piece of work. And for those of us not quite there or  in some form of limbo  – myself included – Naipaul offers a simple mantra;

 ‘You can’t just sit and wait for the beautiful idea to form and to be complete in your mind before writing (or shooting!). You’ve got to go out there and meet it.’


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