Jerzy Kosinski: “It’s all for clarity.”

7 Oct


“I would imagine that most writers revise, one way or another. Maybe they don’t revise as extensively on paper, but the process of writing is a process of inner expansion and reduction. It’s like an accordion: You open it and then you bring it back, hoping that additional sound – a new clarity – may come out. It’s all for clarity.”



3 Responses to “Jerzy Kosinski: “It’s all for clarity.””

  1. shotgun at 9:07 pm #

    Reblogged this on BITCOINSTAR and commented:
    “The Painted Bird” by Kosinski was one of my favorite books as a kid (although it was definitely an adult book).

    And I agree with him.


    • alanannand at 6:56 am #

      Coming across his quote was a reminder of how long it’s been since I read any Kosinski, having read everything during university. Such a great talent, sad the way it ended…

      • ROBINPOSTELL at 11:33 am #

        Yes, very sad. However, it was the way of his life; had it ended any other way it probably wouldn’t have been believable in one of his plots. There’s something to be said for how someone ends, and judging it as sad, or bad, is often a misassessment.

        Writers write their lives out to the end, I think. And on that note, I believe I’ll start taking a more upbeat tone in my missives.

        (Hm.) Good to know someone else is out there who is familiar with his beautiful writing.


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