Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Living On, On Dreams and Spaghetti-O's

I don't intend to be a reporter or writer (or at least not a reporter--in some wild dreams, I do nothing but write books), but here are some words of encouragement for those who do from The Meaning of Everything (which I am still not done with, mostly because I've been distracted by other reading material).

The quote is about Henry Bradley, who played a key role in the creation of the OED.

"[S]uffice to say here that his nearly 40-year connection with the Dictionary began modestly enough, with Mr. Cotton's invitation in February 1884 to write an experimental book review for his small London literary magazine. The story of what then befell Henry Bradley should serve as encouragement for today's writers, one might think, and prompt them to consider the possibilities and opportunities that might yet come from the vagaries of the freelance life."


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