Yesterday I received the following note from my friend Andrew Agnew:
As a fellow scribbler I want to share with you some favorite comments uttered by journalist Russell Baker when he was a host of Masterpiece Theatre. Regarding author P. G. Wodehouse and writing.
“P. G. Wodehouse wrote an autobiography of sorts in 1956 and made a startling confession, for a writer. He said he had a great deal of fun writing all his books.”
“It’s bad form for writers to enjoy writing. They’re always groaning about the loneliness of it. The agony… the pain… the fatigue. Dr. Samuel Johnson set the style when he said, “Nobody but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.””
“P. G. Wodehouse didn’t think you wrote simply for money. “What makes a writer write,” he said, “is that he likes writing!”