I had attacked the British poets' nervous preference for gentility above all else.
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I mean being a writer is like being a psychoanalyst, but you don't get any patients.
Now, if, as I think, writing should be, it's a kind of risky trade.
I could think of worse ways of going than at the poker table.
Yes, I think poker really isn't gambling.
And if you can't keep your ego under control, it's going to cost you a lot of money.
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