Cory Leonard

Let’s Try Failure

In career on April 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Failure as a Muse - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Failure is in vogue. It appears to be an effective strategy for literary types, who “don’t fail like ordinary people. They fail in their bones. They fail even when they triumph.”:

“Was ever a writer so besotted by failure as F. Scott Fitzgerald?” So Geoff Dyer opens an essay on The Beautiful and Damned, and the answer is “no.” The young Fitzgerald pushed desperately for literary success, Dyer believes, to create his great subject: failure on a “colossal scale.” Ironically, the despair, regret, and alcoholism that in the end ruled his life inspired the Lost Generation’s leader. This “ideal of ruination,” to use Dyer’s phrase, has consistently heartened more-recent American writers as well, such as Richard Yates of Revolutionary Road.

via Failure as a Muse – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

 

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