Voices from Russia

Sunday, 22 October 2017

22 October 2017. A Point to Ponder From Bertolt Brecht



Sunday, 11 June 2017

No Comment Necessary Department… So You Want to be a Writer?


If it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
Unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
If you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your typewriter
searching for words,
don’t do it.
If you’re doing it for money or fame,
don’t do it.
If you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
If you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
If it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
If you’re trying to write like somebody else,
forget about it.

If you have to wait for it to roar out of you,
then wait patiently.
If it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

If you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.

Don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-love.
The libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to sleep
over your kind.
Don’t add to that.
Don’t do it.
Unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
Unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

When it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

There is no other way.
And there never was.

Charles Bukowski


Thursday, 16 February 2017

16 February 2017. A Word to the Wise from Old Winnie…



Don’t let the bastards grind you down! Especially, don’t give into loutish Patristic-spouting ignoramuses who have an “edifying” word for the world. Those pompous and arrogant poseurs won’t listen… so don’t try to reason with them. God may set them straight, but you or I can’t. Almost as bad are the “conservative” nutters. Their ideology is pure Liberalism, but you won’t be able to convince them of that, no matter how well you frame your statements. They truly believe that their Free Market fantasies are “conservative”…. they truly do.

Don’t argue with idiots. Oppose them. We’re Christians; that’s what we do…


Thursday, 10 November 2016

10 November 2016. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!



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