George Orwell’s statement “every book is a failure” is intriguing when related to his first motive of why writers write, sheer egoism. Acknowledging such a motive is honest, yet curious when revisited after reading the latter half of his publication. “All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy…” is another bold claim by Orwell. It seems counterintuitive that Orwell would write about egoism and go on to list negative generalities categorizing writers. Why does he do this? I’m not sure, if I knew I’d write about it.
After reading Joan Didion’s “Why I Write” it occurred to me that perhaps what Orwell was trying to say Didion said when describing herself as a writer, “not a good writer or a bad writer, but simply a writer, a person whose most absorbed and passionate hours are spent arranging words on pieces of paper.” In today’s competitive world there’s a need to sort everything and it’s refreshing to, at times, take things at face value – the ‘it is what it is’ approach.
In my opinion the most interesting remark in “Why I Blog” is when Sullivan compares logs to blogs and acknowledges that when reading a log the reader knows the ending before the writer ever had the chance. As he writes on I found myself paying less and less attention. I found the length of his article slightly painful. Just as he states that “no one wants to read a 9,000-word treatise online” apparently I do not want to read 5,230 words on why he blogs.