Stories about Bilal Tanweer

Eyewash, hogwash, brainwash

Obsessive, manic, crazed, nutty, deranged, louche — writers have worked hard to cultivate a reputation for themselves. And most people expect of them pretty much what they do of all other kinds of freaks: visions, pipe dreams, fantasies and yes — deep, deep thoughts. Writers even tend to agree with this view of themselves. Consider Mr William Faulkner’s thoughts on the subject. “An artist is a creature driven by demons. He don’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.” Readers utterly love this kind of thing. After my last column, some readers wrote to me advising me ...

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