Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

From the Vqr Vault: Ambition and Success

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

From the Vqr Vault: Ambition and Success

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Meanwhile, mastering a craft and practicing it, especially if you are simultaneously holding a day job or looking after children and a household, is no simple matter of nine to five. The hours of working at art are stolen. Even when aims are relatively modest, all art-makers and craftsmen have to decide how much of their emotional and physical energy, their money, their lost wages to put into their work.

Janna Malamud Smith, "Ruthlessness and Art-Making," Summer 2012

...Fitzgerald speaks of "my first childish love of myself, my belief that I would never die like other people, and that I wasn't the son of my parents but a son of a king, a king who ruled the whole world." At any rate, the ideal was there, and Fitzgerald's problem was complicated by the fact that for him success was not an inner matter; it had to be visible, accessible in material terms.

Charles Weir Jr., "An Invite with Gilded Edges: A Study of F. Scott Fitzgerald," Winter 1944

But I also believe in a vicious circle upward-with each struggle for new form, each independent victory, we also perceive something new, and with each glimpse, we become aware of a new experience, and the new experience will not allow itself to be set in the old form, and we must make a new form, and now the experience deepens-

Robert Bly, "Robert Bly and James Wright: A Correspondence," Winter 2005

He stood tense, as if he felt oppressed by the invisible presence of some long-forgotten backdrop and palmstand. "Smile!" demanded the man and the girl together, anxiously. …

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