Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I Should Get to It

A reminder from Carlos Fuentes:

When your life is half over, I think you have to see the face of death in order to start writing seriously. There are people who see the end quickly, like Rimbaud. When you start seeing it, you feel you have to rescue these things. Death is the great Maecenas, Death is the great angel of writing. You must write because you are not going to live any more.

Read the entire interview here.


Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I wonder if this is why I see myself writing more as I get older.

Anonymous said...

For you is Vietnam an imaginary space as Mexico is for Senor Fuentes?

Rebekah said...

Hm, yes. More urgency from behind, more weight from the top, more depth below. Clarity of priority from the pressure, and maybe, if we're lucky, clarity of thought if there's anything coming in from overhead.

Anonymous said...

Senor Fuentes pointed out that none of us have enough time. A sense of death brought focus and urgency to the passion of his life.