Citati iz knjige „Stet“ autora Diana Athill

Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
All publishing was run by many badly-paid women and a few much better-paid men: an imbalance that women were, of course, aware of, but which they seemed to take for granted.
Pavel Grozny
Pavel Groznyje citiraoпре 5 месеци
I believe the use of ‘f—’ was suggested; but ‘fuck’ and ‘fucking’ occurred so often that this would have made the dialogue look like fish-net, so ‘fug’ and ‘fugging’ were agreed as substitutes.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
All this book is, is the story of one old ex-editor who imagines that she will feel a little less dead if a few people read it.
Pavel Grozny
Pavel Groznyje citiraoпре 4 месеца
Here we settled down to enjoy the sixties which were, indeed, good years for us; although they never seemed to me essentially different from any other decade. Perhaps they would have done if I had been younger and still fully responsive to the pull of fashion, but as it was I saw them as an invention of the media. Most of the people I knew had been bedding each other for years without calling it a sexual revolution
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
I believe that the yeast of intelligence will continue to operate one way or another.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
Caste standards – it ought not to need saying – have no right to be considered sacrosanct.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
It is not, after all, a new development: quick and easy has always been what the majority wants.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
It is, of course, true that reading is going the same way as eating, the greatest demand being for the quick and easy, and for the simple, instantly recognizable flavours such as sugar and vinegar, or their mental equivalents; but that is not the terminal tragedy which it sometimes seems to the disgruntled old.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
one feels almost regretful on recognizing exceptionally congenial qualities in a newly met person, because one knows one no longer has the energy to clear an adequate space for them.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
There was, indeed, nothing she didn’t know about her tribe’s concept of good behaviour, in all its gallantry, absurdity and cruelty.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
Good Behaviour, on the other hand, had insisted on being written. She described it as a book that ‘truly interested and involved’ her:
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
I KNOW THAT I have sometimes been described as ‘one of the best editors in London’, and I can’t deny that it has given me pleasure; but I also know how little I had to do to earn this reputation beyond routine work and being agreeable to interesting people.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
He was pursuing his own understanding of the place, and offering it, because that is what a serious writer can’t help doing. If anyone resented it, too bad.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
to describe what he saw honestly, even if honesty seemed brutal.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
Vidia’s self – his very being – was his writing: a great gift, but all he had.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
someone who feels he doesn’t belong to his ‘home’ and cannot belong anywhere else is forced to exist only in himself;
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
Between me and the truth of his Oxford experience stood the man he wanted people to see.
Anastasiya Mozgovaya
Anastasiya Mozgovayaje citiralaпре 5 месеци
GOOD PUBLISHERS ARE supposed to ‘discover’ writers, and perhaps they do. To me, however, they just happened to come.
Pavel Grozny
Pavel Groznyje citiraoпре 5 месеци
Editorial intervention ranged from very minor matters (a clumsy sentence here, a slight lack of clarity there) to almost complete rewritings such as I did on the book about Tahiti (although I don’t remember ever doing another rewrite as extensive as that one). Usually it would be on the lines of ‘Wouldn’t it work better if you moved the paragraph describing so-and-so’s looks back to where he first appears?’ or ‘Could you expand a little on so-and-so’s motive for doing such-and-such? It’s rather arbitrary as it stands’. I can’t remember anyone resenting such suggestions, though sometimes of course they would disagree for good reasons: mostly, if what is said by an obviously attentive reader makes sense, the writer is pleased to comply. Writers don’t encounter really attentive readers as often as you might expect, and find them balm to their twitchy nerves when they do; which gives their editors a good start with them.
Pavel Grozny
Pavel Groznyje citiraoпре 5 месеци
The things which had to be done for all books were simple but time-consuming and sometimes boring (what kept one going through the boring bits was liking – usually – the book for which one was doing them). You had to see that the use of capital letters, hyphens, italics and quotation marks conformed to the house style and was consistent throughout; you had to check that no spelling mistakes had crept in, and make sure that if the punctuation was eccentric it was because the author wanted it that way; you had to watch out for carelessness (perhaps an author had decided halfway through to change a character’s name from Joe to Bob: when he went back over the script to make the alteration, had he missed any ‘Joes’?). You had to pick up errors of fact, querying ones you were doubtful about at the risk of looking silly. If your author quoted from other writers’ work, or from a song, you had to check that he had applied for permission to do so – almost certainly he would not have done, so you would have to do it for him. If a list of acknowledgements and/or a bibliography and/or an index were called for you had to see that they were done. If the book was to be illustrated you might have to find the illustrations, and would certainly have to decide on their order and captioning, and see that they were paid for. And if anything in the book was obscene or potentially libellous you must submit it to a lawyer, and then persuade your author to act on his advice.
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