T.S. Eliot on deadlines and three-column stories

Stephen Baker

I'm taking a train into New York today to have lunch with my editor at BW. We'll talk about the transition from bookwriting back to magazine, and all that that entails. With this on my mind, I just came upon this timely quote from T.S. Eliot on Conversation Agent. If my book editor sees it, she'll shudder.

When forced to work within a strict framework the imagination is taxed to its outmost – and will produce its richest ideas. Given total freedom the work is likely to sprawl."