you must never say this
At their most human, writers seem like animals unable to remember the behaviour that would properly define them–as with Russell Hoban’s zoo turtles, forbidden to make their vast signature journeys. Only this isn’t the result of captivity. No one did this to anyone–it’s just loss or confusion. That seems even more tragic. People soon learn to be people, but writers try something else and from quite early on in their lives it doesn’t work out, so they keep on trying it, writing their way round the tank.