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GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ on journalism, the best job in the world

In Literature, W.P. Norton on February 13, 2016 at 12:19 am

 

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The Nobel Laureate in a whimsical moment.

“Journalism is an unappeasable passion that can be assimilated and humanized only through stark confrontation with reality. No one who does not have this in his blood can comprehend its magnetic hold, which is fueled by the unpredictability of life. No one who has not had this experience can begin to grasp the extraordinary excitement stirred by the news, the sheer elation created by the first fruits of an endeavor, and the moral devastation wreaked by failure. No one who was not born for this and is not prepared to live for this and this only can cling to a profession that is so incomprehensible and consuming, where work ends after each news run, with seeming finality, only to start afresh with even greater intensity the very next moment, not granting a moment of peace.”

 

Copyright: Gabriel Garcia Marquez; courtesy: Inter-American Press Association
–excerpted from The Reading Room blog
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