Thursday, November 10, 2005

Writer's Quotes:
Salman Rushdie
The real risks for any artist are taken. . . in pushing the work to the limits of what is possible, in the attempt to increase the sum of what it is possible to think. Books become good when they go to this edge and risk falling over it. .
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
I make no complaint. I am a writer. I do not accept my condition; I will strive to change it; but I inhabit it, I am trying to learn from it.
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist."

VS Naipaul
An autobiography can distort, facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies. It reveals the writer totally.
I am the kind of writer that people think other people are reading.

Hanif Kureishi
I think the point of being any sort of artist is to ask difficult questions, and to write about things that we don't normally speak about.

Arundhati Roy
You know, I always believe that even among the best writers, there are selfish writers and there are generous ones. Selfish writers leave you with the memory of their book. Generous writers leave you with the memory of the world they evoked. To evoke a world, to communicate it to someone, is like writing a letter to someone that you love. It's a very thin line.
For me, books are gifts. When I read a book, I accept it as a gift from an author. When I wrote this book, I presented if as a gift. The reader will do with it what they want.

Anita Desai
…I grew up reading the major English writers. As I grow older I feel less a need to prove my skills. I realize I don’t always have to write in their style.
Leaving India frees one's tongue. Within India you hold back so much. And being part of that life, you're too involved to look with objectivity.


Anonymous said...

I don't think writers would be such an noble profession if they always chose to offend as Salman Rushdie claims. He is a horrible writer anyway and doesn't deserve to be on your blog.

Green Lime said...

It is the job of the writer to explore, to create, to express and to open the interpretation -that which the rest of us are not able to or even conceive to fathom.

Written work will always be open to criticism and cynicism-the interpretations will always be at the mercy and objectivity of the reader. (Perhaps that is part of the thrill writer's seek) Seldom will two people read the same work and always walk away with the writer's intent. (Perfect examples are religious works, the Bible, the Quran)

Should a writer have to defend their intent and their work every time someone has an issue with it? Probably not. Like Rushdie said himself, if you don't like it, either put it down or go out to change it. (or something like that)

And no, I do not believe Rushdie to be a horrible writer.