„If you can't write a decent short story because of the cold, write something else. Write anything.“

The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934), A Cold Day
Контексте: If you can't write a decent short story because of the cold, write something else. Write anything. Write a long letter to somebody.

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