blanchot, "literature and the right to death" (1949) 

"When a writer sinks into the pure intimacy of a work which is no one's business but his {-sic-} own, it may seem to other people—other writers and people involved in other activities—that at least they have been left at peace in their Thing and their own work. But not at aIl. The work created by this solitary person and endosed in solitude contains within itself a point of view which concerns everyone, implicitly passing judgment on other works, on the problems of the times, becoming the accomplice of whatever it neglects, the enemy of whatever it abandons, and its indifference mingles hypocriticaIly with everyone's passions."

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