here first. until we are there.

rejection with style

after reading the lovely article the new york times has about madeleine l’engle’s death, i found that one of the other most frequently emailed articles was something called, “No Thanks, Mr. Nabokov.” It turned out to be an essay about a historian’s foray into an archive of rejection letters.

Like the gargoyle that sits on most writer’s desks, i think this is something to keep in mind.

“This time there’s no point in trying to be kind,” it said. “Your manuscript is utterly hopeless as a candidate for our list. I never thought the subject worth a damn to begin with and I don’t think it’s worth a damn now. Lay off, MacDuff.”



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