Quotation of the Week: Mario Vargas Llosa (trans. Natasha Wimmer)
The definining characteristic of the literary vocation may be that those who possess it experience the exercise of their craft as its own best reward, much superior to anything they might gain from the fruits of their labors. That is one thing I am sure of amid my many uncertainties regarding the literary vocation: deep inside, a writer feels that writing is the best thing that ever happened to him, or could ever happen to him, because as far as he is concerned, writing is the best possible way of life, never mind the social, political, or financial rewards of what he might achieve through it.
–Mario Vargas Llosa, Letters to a Young Novelist (translated by Natasha Wimmer)