Quotes from A Solemn Pleasure – Melissa Pritchard, taken from BrainPickings.
There are too many good quotes in this piece to know where to begin.
Here is my favourite:
We are in danger, I believe, of becoming accustomed to indifference, of being kept within writing workshops, conferences, and seminars where we write and read to a dwindling, closed circle of admirers.
Nearly resigned to this peripheral fate, we are then tempted to take ourselves too seriously as far as ego recognition goes, in terms of literary prizes, grants, and publications in journals, yet not seriously enough as essential witnesses to our time.