Thursday, September 6, 2007

Fashionable Nihilism

“Every night Samuel Beckett goes home to his wife, whom he’s lived with all these years; he lies down in bed with her, puts his arms around her, and says, ‘No meaning again today . . .’ Critics can say, and do say, well, it doesn’t matter what he says, it’s how well he says it. But I think in the long run Beckett is in for it. Because great writers tell the truth exactly – and get it right.” --John Gardner interview in The Writer's Chapbook, ed. George Plimpton (Modern Library, 1999), p. 36.

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