E.L. Doctorow


“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.”

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”

I was saddened to hear of the passing of writer E.L. Doctorow yesterday; I’m desensitized to the obituaries of those not immediately close to me, but I tend to think of certain writers and celebrities as extended family, sort of inspirational, literary fairy godmothers (and godfathers), if you will. E.L. Doctorow was among them, and his work, and discussions about his work, his writing process, and the art of writing were, and are, some of the most beautiful and encouraging things I’ve ever read. “Homer and Langley” is one of my favorite books of all time. I’m selfishly sad we won’t get to read anything new of his again.

The Times wrote a beautiful obituary for him today, better than I could. E.L. Doctorow, you will be missed.

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  • That really was a wonderful obit. Thanks for sending me that direction.

    • They did such a wonderful job with it, didn’t they? xo

  • Great thoughts indeed, and always sad to hear about the loss of a writer. Thanks for sharing.

    • It is always a shame, and you have to wonder what else he had left inside his brain that he didn’t get a chance to put on paper. xo

  • I hear you. I usually don’t care much about famous people. what are they to me. but some of them, when they go, it’s sad…

    • Some of them really hit closer to home than others. xo

  • Wonderful quotes. Sorry to hear about this sad news.

    • It is such a loss! He had such an incredible way with words. xo