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A Humorist at Work: Fran Lebowitz
Issue no. 127 (Summer 1993)
What did you do during those five years before you started writing the book?
I sulked. Sulking is a big effort. So is not writing. I only realized that when I did start writing. When I started getting real work done, I realized how much easier it is to write than not to write. Not writing is probably the most exhausting profession I’ve ever encountered. It takes it out of you. It’s very psychically wearing not to write—I mean if you’re supposed to be writing.