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JG Ballard, on the "pram in the hall"
Cyril Connolly, the 50s critic and writer, said that the greatest enemy of creativity is the pram in the hall, but I think that was completely wrong. It was the enemy of a certain kind of dilettante life that he aspired to, the man of letters, but for the real novelist the pram in the hall is the greatest ally - it brings you up sharp and you realise what reality is all about. My children were a huge inspiration for me. Watching three young minds creating their separate worlds was a very enriching experience.
writing  creativity  jg-ballard  quotes  pram-in-the-hall  children  kids  parenting  biography 
october 2016 by jm

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