Marcel Proust Was a Total Loser

December 24, 2010

For some twisted reason, people think writing is a glamorous, well paying, prestigious profession. If you don’t mind insomnia, chaos, insanity, heart pain, stomach pain, angst, turmoil, hemorrhoids, seclusion and failure, it’s a real riot.

As Hemingway said:

There is nothing to writing. All you have to do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

True, only today that dripping blood short-circuits Mac keyboards.

I wanted to share this great clip, “Marcel Proust Was a Total Loser,” because it depicts writers and their morose, self-serving, whiny, entitled attitude toward depression and suffering. However this clip is considered “mature” so you can’t get in without a password. Apparently a mature rating means, “requires thought” because I can get on tons of porn sites without a password.

Anyway, this clips is from “Little Miss Sunshine.” Steve Carell’s character devotes his life to studying Proust and when a hated colleague becomes the Proust expert, Carell’s character tries to kill himself.

Honoring Nietzsche, Carell’s nephew takes a vow of silence. He breaks it when his parents tell him he can’t be a pilot because he’s color-blind. The kid freaks out, says he wants to sleep until he’s 18, which pulls Carell out of his I’m an academic and a writer therefore I’m tortured mindset and tells the kid Proust was a total loser because while he was doing his whole “woe is me I’m a writer bit” he missed the great things in life.

We all suffer. Writers just do it in slippers and worn out sweatshirts — loudly — so everyone knows they have the market on suffering. Unfortunately, many writers are mentally ill and end up killing themselves.

The Letter to the Hebrews says:

“Indeed, according to the Law almost everything is purified by blood, and sins are forgiven only if blood is poured out.”

Since writers are bleeders and suicide is a sin, does God forgive writers that have committed suicide?

Stopping Point: The Letter from James


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