Ring the bell

Ring the bell

In So Many Words: Interviews with Writers, Scholars and Intellectuals

by Cassandra Atherton

Australian Scholarly Publishing, $29.95 pb, 151 pp, 9781925003062

Gillian Dooley

Gillian Dooley

Gillian Dooley is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in English at Flinders University, and a Visiting Fellow in the Music Department

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I have often thought that a large part of achievement is just fronting up; having an idea and acting on it, however unlikely success might seem. What you need is a resolution (or the disposition) not to be discouraged by failure and to be pleasantly surprised by success. If it doesn’t work, you try something else. You make the most of any opportunity. You should also jettison a conventional sense of the social niceties. You’re going to Boston for your honeymoon. Hey, why not ask Noam Chomsky for an interview?

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Published in February 2014 no. 358

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