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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Today We Rise Above the Rejection

Let us rise above the rejection today. Let us take in the fine words of Doris Lessing, story-teller extraordinaire. This is an excerpt of what she said when she accepted the Nobel Prize: "The storyteller is deep inside everyone of us. The story-maker is always with us. Let us suppose our world is attacked by war, by the horrors that we all of us easily imagine. Let us suppose floods wash through our cities, the seas rise... but the storyteller will be there, for it is our imaginations which shape us, keep us, create us - for good and for ill. It is our stories that will recreate us, when we are torn, hurt, even destroyed. It is the storyteller, the dream-maker, the myth-maker, that is our phoenix, that represents us at our best, and at our most creative."

Think of this: At 88, Doris Lessing has undoubtedly received her share of rejections in life and literature. We shall forge onward, too. (Excerpt courtesy of GalleyCat.)


Anonymous said...

It's worth noting that Lessing tried to publish to novels under a pseudonym...but both were rejected by her own publisher!

Anonymous said...

She's got a great face!