"After [Eat Pray Love] I had nothing to lose. I knew I could only disappoint and I hate to disappoint. So I bought back my liberty with Committed. It was the personal sacrifice I made in being so revealing and it was scary to publish. But it broke the spell and helped silence the haters.
I was tempted to pull a Harper Lee [author of To Kill a Mockingbird, who never published again] and just garden, except that I love writing too much. The world can live without another book from me, but I can't."
For [the protagonist of her new novel The Signature of All Things] Alma and for Gilbert, work and love are equal firsts, not competing aspirations. "I feel like the last truly rebellious thing you can do as an artist is love your work. You are not really allowed to say that. Well f--- you, everybody, I love my work, just as Alma does
You better love what you do in life because you might not get the other things you desire. Alma refuses to choose between love and work because she knows it's a false choice. I'm the same, I'm grateful for both. And when love fails, you need to find something to do."
Elizabeth Gilbert, interviewed by Caroline Baum
The Saturday Age: Life & Style (Books)
September 28, 2013
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