I'm afraid my WIP has become feral . . . I don't know that I dare approach it.
Dillard teaches writing and this observation of hers, no doubt, is not unique to her experience. I can imagine professors everywhere hearing something equally pretentious in various forms. I never met a published poet (or writer of any prose) who didn't read voraciously. It's rather like saying you're a singer but don't like listening to music. Or an artist who doesn't like to look at drawings/paintings/whatever.
Best argument I've ever heard for not writing.
I would argue that the sense of any love song must never be talked of but I can see where Italian love songs might take this to a whole new level of pointlessness.
Given the era in which this novel was written, when the protagonist, Anne Elliot, says this I laughed aloud. Clearly, an intelligent woman who knows how to make her point.
This last quote struck me, not so much for its profundity as for its irony. Given that this book has been challenged (along with the rest of the series, obviously) I can't help but be bemused by the idea that an adult (the "he" in this quote is Dumbledore) wanting to allow a younger person to find his or her own way being an offense to some people. Of course, I realize that those who dislike the books are offended by the use of magic, which is Satanic, overlooking the more relevant theme of good versus evil, the power of friendship and love, etc. There's no use in defending these books to some people. I shall continue to adore the books for more reasons than I can enumerate.