[PW] ? Quote About Asimov (Quotation Query #759)

Michael J. Lowrey orangemike at gmail.com
Sat Jan 7 06:54:19 PST 2017


Whenever I have a problem with a quote, I consult that Shapiro guy from
STUMPERS-L; he always seems to be able to help.

On Mon, Jan 2, 2017 at 4:39 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:

>
> Thanks for pointing this out, Garson!  Just as Asimov or Silverberg
> published so many books they probably forgot about some of them, I send so
> many quotation queries that I forget about some of them.
>
>
> Fred
>
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> Subject: Re: [PW] ? Quote About Asimov (Quotation Query #759)
>
> There was a long discussion thread on this topic on the Wombats list
> back in April 2014. The subject line was: "Quote About Isaac Asimov
> (Quotation Query #701)". Several interesting citations were located:
>
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__lists.
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> Garson
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 2, 2017 at 1:16 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
> wrote:
> > There is a great quote about Isaac Asimov, which Wikiquote presents as
> follows:
> >
> >   *   He had writer's block once. It was the worst ten minutes of his
> life.
> >      *   Attributed to Harlan Ellison<https://urldefense.
> proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikiquote.org_wiki_
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> eeEDTYgNSmUaAGY&s=Ae_KqHQHM4S7n8MPIgLFukD_YAyprCBjV-MYYiVKqRw&e= >,
> quoted in Page Fright : Foibles and Fetishes of Famous Writers (2009) by
> Harry Bruce
> >      *   Variant: Most writers hate to write, and will grasp any excuse
> to do something else ... There are exceptions. Isaac Asimov actually was
> never happier than sitting at a keyboard - first, his old typewriter; then,
> the TRS-80<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-
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> later, a more conventional PC. But then, Isaac was unusual, and his
> experience with writer's block was the worst 10 minutes of his life.
> >         *   Jerry Pournelle<https://urldefense.
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> eeEDTYgNSmUaAGY&s=YJCkfaRRrfkyaHk0xHijQDyEb0fSL9ZQQYUTTAks68U&e= >, in
> "Chaos Manor: Is there an Upgrade in your future?" in Dr. Dobb's Journal :
> Software Tools For The Professional Programmer (2005), Vol. 30, Issues
> 374-379, p. 9
> >
> > Can anyone point me to earlier evidence for this witticism?
> >
> >
> > Fred Shapiro
> >
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