Here There and Everywhere

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Thought for the Day from A.W.A.D.

It is my belief that the writer, the free-lance author, should be and must be a critic of the society in which he lives. It is easy enough, and always profitable, to rail away at national enemies beyond the sea, at foreign powers beyond our borders who question the prevailing order. But the moral duty of the free writer is to begin his work at home; to be a critic of his own community, his own country, his own culture. If the writer is unwilling to fill this part, then the writer should abandon pretense and find another line of work: become a shoe repairman, a brain surgeon, a janitor, a cowboy, a nuclear physicist, a bus driver. -Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)


December 5, 2011 - Posted by | Values, Words


  1. applausef.

    Comment by Mrm | December 10, 2011 | Reply

  2. I used to love to read the police reports in Kuwait, as you know. I imagine Kuwaitis living in Pensacola are having a great laugh, too, as they read our newspapers, shootings, robberies, house invasions, sexual predator stings, stolen weapons and property stings, ordinances against panhandlers, etc. There is plenty to mock in my own backyard . . . 😦

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 11, 2011 | Reply

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