A writer

It is my good fortune that I’ve never owned a camera. Once, when I was in Italy, I saw about three dozen doves spill out of the eaves of an old cathedral. It was lovely, the sort of thing that makes people say ‘if only I had a camera!’ I didn’t have a camera with me and spent the past two-and-a-half years trying to find the words to express that sudden deluge of white doves. This is a good exercise - especially good because I still can’t express it. When I’m able to express if I’ll know I’ve made the grade as a writer.

… For a writer this bit of information is priceless - a picture is worth only a thousand or so words.
— Paul Theroux: The Cerebral Snapshot (October 5, 1965)
Andy Smithymanquotes