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On Failure: Margaret Atwood, Anne Enright, Will Self & More

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Will Self

The Guardian recently asked seven prize-winning writers — Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Anne Enright, Howard Jacobson, Will Self, and Lionel Shriver — to reflect on what it means to fail and succeed. My favorite is Will Self’s answer: “…the disjunction between my beautifully sonorous, accurate and painfully affecting mental content, and the leaden, halting sentences on the page always seems a dreadful falling short.”

Read the full piece here.

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