Quotation by Alexander Theroux

Man scripturient, today, means man subservient. He is almost anachronistically nowadays in the same position as a miller or a music-hall juggler or a chimney sweep. He is treated like a bastard at a family reunion. For one thing, no one believes that a writer actually writes. (Try to use writing, for instance, as an excuse for begging off a party some weekend.)
Alexander Theroux (b. 1940), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. Theroux Metaphrastes; An Essay on Literature, Boston, David Godine (1975).
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