we did not create ourselves

Duncan Fallowell's library
by Sergey Stefanovich

particularly enjoyed the bit where he describes writing as a "pyrotechnic activity, you're sending out firework displays of the imagination, luminating the darkness." 
"do you think writers are odd? I don't know. I don't subscribe to this idea that you've got to be odd to be a writer... Perhaps you have got to be more normal than other people. For me what's odd is people who get terribly excited by buying oven chips in Tesco. That to me, is pure eccentricity."