The Writer and the Mirror

The Writer and the Mirror

Gide, who used to keep a care­ful jour­nal of his lit­er­ary projects, writes in 1893 about one of his petty idio­syn­crasies as a writer. He has in­stalled a full-figure mir­ror in across his desk so he can glance at him­self af­ter writ­ing each sen­tence. In his own words, his re­flec­tion “lis­tened and spoke” to him, […]