The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

This dimwit life

For some reason the hovertext on this comic refused to work. It was supposed to be a quote from Annie Dillard: "Few sights are so absurd as that of the inchworm leading its dimwit life." This is true. Poor panicky inchworms. Dillard imagines them constantly saying "What! No further? End of world?" as they sway and flail about with their front legs. This is in her book The Writing Life, and it's true that writers often do much the same thing. I do, anyway: Oh God I can't go on, it's obvious I can't go on, there's nothing here, I could go on if there were a here but there's no here here, WHERE IS HERE? When of course it's behind and below and all around me, just where it has always been, and I have somehow gotten to the place in which I now find myself, just as the inchworm has. The inchworm is too stupid to consider how this might have happened, but I have no such excuse.

Another thing Annie Dillard said about writing that I like (she said a bunch of them) is the following: "It is no less difficult to write sentences in a recipe than sentences in Moby-Dick. So you might as well write Moby-Dick."

Bonus: Dorothy Parker can't look her editor in the voice.
Tags: annie dillard, dorothy parker, moby-dick, stix, urban wildlife, writing
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