Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Don't furnish a room; don't pay the rent

We need to weigh the smashed hopes of creative writers against the financial needs of their tutors, who are themselves writers, and earning the kind of money that writing would never supply. A closed little dance: tutors teach students who in turn teach other students, like silversmiths in a medieval guild where a bangle is rarely bought though many are crafted, and everyone lives in a previous world.

Ian Jack on "writers". I met Marina Warner this morning, who said much the same.

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