Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 2

Thanks again to Hermina for nominating me for this challenge!

The rules:

  1. Post one quote a day for three days
  2. Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

Today, we have a quote from one of those wonderful Paris Review interviews, one conducted in 1998 with Martin Amis. I’m not terribly familiar with Amis or his work, but I loved what he had to say about writers and artists:

…I think all writers are Martians. They come and say, “You haven’t been seeing this place right; it’s not like that, it’s like this.” Seeing the world anew, as if it were new, is as old as writing. It’s what all painters are trying to do, to see what’s there, to see it in a way that renews it. It becomes more and more urgent as the planet gets worn flat…. It becomes harder and harder to be original, to see things with an innocent eye. Innocence is much tied up with it. As the planet gets progressively less innocent, you need a more innocent eye to see it.

And the next three nominees are:

Emily Hayse at The Herosinger

Ana at Butterflies of Imagination

Carmel Elizabeth at CARMEL


4 thoughts on “Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 2

  1. his essays are good. i don’t know his fiction. you might see if your library has his collection The War Against Cliche. it’s a thought that JRRT did not show us Sauron for JRRT’s own innocence…? not naiveté but innocence.


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