Nobel Prize-winning writer and political activist, Nadine Gordimer, on the importance of being rooted in one place.
Nadine Gordimer on Staying Grounded
"Indeed many writers perhaps lose the sense of their human rootedness, not just in geographical terms but in all the psychological things that go with it. They lose this by becoming public figures, going round the world all the time, being invited to appear here and they become fragmented by this constant exposure, the adulation, the corruption of praise.
So I think that many writers and young people beginning their careers shouldn't be too much flattered by being asked to appear on television here or to go and do a sabbatical there. Have to quote another writer, Jean Paul Sartre, talking not of people who are forced to this by political pressures, he said "To go into exile is to lose your place in the world."
Excerpt of “Reflections of a Small Room” composed and performed by jeffrey roden from the album, seeds of happiness, used courtesy of New Albion Records and by permission of the big tree music (bmi).