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Daemon
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My only objection to the custom of giving books as Christmas presents is perhaps the selfish one that it encourages and keeps in the game a number of writers who would be far better employed if they abandoned the pen and took to work.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)
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Very well now a days a number of writers are sprouting everywhere.
People are taking their hobbies as a full time job...it's not a good thing to doThink
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..." if they abandoned the pen and took to work". Pushing the pen is taking to work, kinda.
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Why yes! And play writing was Andrew Lloyd Webber's hobby. And painting was Jean-Michel Basquiat's recreation. I concede that a minuscule minority will rise to their levels. But even so, if anyone has a grounded and steely determination to make a living, make an impact, and most importantly...make themselves happy through art and craft...let's by all means encourage them!
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Daemon wrote:
My only objection to the custom of giving books as Christmas presents is perhaps the selfish one that it encourages and keeps in the game a number of writers who would be far better employed if they abandoned the pen and took to work.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)



well then don't give crap Christmas presents then
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P.G.Wodehouse.


(In 1915, while war raged on the Western Front, P.G. Wodehouse offered this advice to the Christmas shopper. With the approach of another wartime Christmas)


......"Our friends greet us in the street with "Well! Christmas will soon be here!" registering the while a mental vow that, until they know what sort of a present we are going to give them, they are hanged if they are going to go above a dollar-ten for us. Everywhere you see it, this genial, Dickensy, hearty, peace-and-good-will-and-all-that-sort-of-thing spirit. Holly hangs on the walls. Happy days! Happy days! In these circumstances, it behooves us to be prepared. It is useless to imagine, as everyone has done in his more optimistic moods, that the family circle will accept regrets and stories of parcels gone wrong in the post.

You worked that, if you remember, in 1905, and it is not a thing that goes well twice. No, presents must be bought, and the only thing to do is to try to get off as lightly as possible.

The first rule in buying Christmas presents is to select something shiny.

If the object chosen is of leather, the leather must look as if it had just been well greased: if of silver, it must gleam with that light which, as the poet so well says, never was on sea or land. Books are very popular for that reason. There is probably nothing in existence which can look so shiny as a collected works of Longfellow, Tennyson or Wordsworth.

I have seen a common house-fly alight on the back of a Christmas edition of Rabindranath Tagore which I had given to my Uncle James and slide the whole length of the volume, eventually shooting off with incredible velocity and stunning itself against the wall. Many smart people, indeed, strew their drawing-rooms with books which have been wished on them in the merry season of Yule for no other reason than to encompass the dissolution of such flies as may have escaped the swatting of the lower servants told off for that purpose.

They may also be used as mirrors.

My only objection to the custom of giving books as Christmas presents is perhaps the selfish one that it encourages and keeps in the game a number of writers who would be far better employed if they abandoned the pen and took to work.

Publishers rely on the festive season to help them to get rid of all these bulky volumes which they have published at intervals during the past twelve months to oblige their wives' relations.

A more judicious spirit of giving on the part of the public would kill almost entirely the sale of such works as Travels Among the Lesser-Known Haunts of the Siberian Eel-Vulture, Forgotten Walks Through Old Hoboken, Bird-Life on the Lower Mississippi, and the like.

.......

http://wodehouse.ru/tt171201.htm
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Thanks for sharing the context my dear Magdalena. Books are very popular for that reason... But when they ask us what the good books and writers are doing ... you can say, We're remembering. I better take to work! Noted Mr. Wodehouse

The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies...
-- Fahrenheit 451



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Think I feel like writing a book!
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My only objection to the custom of giving books as Christmas presents is perhaps the selfish one that it encourages and keeps in the game a number of writers who would be far better employed if they abandoned the pen and took to work.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Think I try not to waste my time and my life on any published rubbish. It has to be only quality, progressive, healthy writing with true life essence ...
Reading a quality book is taking many quality meals that nourish and sustain our life, intellect, spirit, soul. Once in a while one swallows just a morsel of the unhealthy stuff, and gets sick, and if one continues, one becomes evil, malicious...
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book are great but people today don't like a good book
Gary98
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Chen wrote:
Why yes! And play writing was Andrew Lloyd Webber's hobby. And painting was Jean-Michel Basquiat's recreation. I concede that a minuscule minority will rise to their levels. But even so, if anyone has a grounded and steely determination to make a living, make an impact, and most importantly...make themselves happy through art and craft...let's by all means encourage them!


Can't agree more!
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Who knows where the cut-off point must be set: Shakespeare, Shaw, Wodehouse or somewhere else?
Bobby Angell
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Looks like I'll need to read some Wodehouse and see if he has anything to truly contribute other than his opinion. I've read good books, bad books and plain mediocre. I remember reading Hemingways "The Old man and the Sea" and being entranced, then reading through most of his other works and trying to figure out where in his life he experienced major head trauma. Each person takes away something different from writers. We should hesitate before being to harsh a critic to artists and their works. Remember before Hitler decided to become a dictator he tried painting landscapes that weren't accepted well.
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is this based upon poor choices given to him - perhaps he wanted cash instead
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