The more I think and write about Michael Chabon’s wonderful novel Wonder Boys and the movie by the same title, the more I feel infected and, for that matter, inflicted by his protagonist’s embarras de richesse – flooded with grandiose ideas, trenchant quotes and highfalutin intentions. «The only part of my world that carried on, inalterable and permanent, was Wonder Boys. I had the depressing thought, certainly not for the first time, that my novel might well survive me unfinished», says I‑Narrator Grady Tripp.
But unlike him I am determined to gain the upper hand. After all, it is Michael Chabon himself who (supposedly) said: «You need three things to become a successful novelist: talent, luck and discipline. Discipline is the one element of those three things that you can control, and so that is the one that you have to focus on controlling, and you just have to hope and trust in the other two.» And, luckily, I am not working on a novel – this time.
Siehe auch den Beitrag «Verwirrung durch Überfülle».