Travels inspired by the Wombles

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Sheer egoism

Ahem...guilty as charged. In the same slim volume of essays I mentioned the other day, George Orwell gives four general motives for writing, of which the first is:-

"Sheer egoism. Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on grownups who snubbed you in childhood, etc etc."

An article about Granada, which I wrote some time ago, has now been published in Optima, a lifestyle magazine for south Herts and north Middlesex. It is also available online.

Orwell defined the other three motives as aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse and political purpose - but my initial reaction to seeing my work in print and online owed more to egoism. Next time, perhaps the novelty will fade...

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