‘I want to get published!’ my heart cries out.
‘But you can’t!’ my mind says.
‘How long will it take them to recognise my genius?’ my heart says.
‘Probably for the rest of your life,’ my mind says. ‘But then why do you bother? Books are not important. Life itself is.’
‘But I want to get published because I am good and I am better than most published authors here in this country!’ my heart cries out again.
‘Well, that has yet to be proven,’ my mind says.
(Ouyang Yu, in Loose : A wild history)
Ouyang Yu. 2012. Loose : A wild history. Adelaide, SA: Wakefield Press.
“The novel combines fiction with non-fiction, poetry with literary criticism, diary with life writing, with multiple stories weaving in between, told from different points of view by different characters.” (Wakefield Press)
See my previous post on the topic of Ouyang Yu: https://xties.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/on-new-years-eve/