Advice from Balllzac

From a review in Times Literary Supplement:

In his letters, Balzac lists some of the things necessary to a novelist.

It may be that you have to hear the townswomen in Music Man singing “Shakespeare, Rabelais, Balzac” to appreciate some of the advice.


My twins’ high school is performing The Music Man this week. Saw it last night, and now have the music running through my head on an endless loop. Kind of defeats the “peaceful place to work” aspect of Balzac’s advice!