I'm not much for fru-fru artiste-type commentary. It always seems pretentious and stuck-up, and plain annoying.
But in the business of teaching music, one surprisingly hears good music rarely. I turned some on this morning, and I started bawling, it was just so beautiful. I hadn't noticed I was starving for beautiful sound.
Same thing happened a month or so ago, when I read an Emily Dickinson poem.
How do people live without art in their lives? Man.
As I was wandering around on blogs yesterday, I found a comment in a thread that niggled at me. I closed the window and thought, huh? What's that? And the irritant grew, little bit by little bit, until I knew I had to investigate. By that time, I'd forgotten the poster and the commenter and the blog (sorry).
Anyway, a writer mentioned that s/he hoped s/he would be an author this year. Or an author hoped s/he would be a writer this year. I forget which way it went.
There's a difference??
After yesterday's post, I had to look it up.
According to dictionary.com, the applicable definitions are:
- 1. a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., esp. as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.
- 3. a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing: an expert letter writer.
- 4. (in a piece of writing) the author (used as a circumlocution for “I,” “me,” “my,” etc.): The writer wishes to state….
- 1. a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.
- 3. the maker of anything; creator; originator: the author of a new tax plan.
- 5. to write; be the author of: He authored a history of the Civil War.
Huh. So if you read between the lines and look closely, "writer" seems to have a more professional bent, "as an occupation or profession," while author makes no such mention. A "writer" writes his thoughts and ideas down, whereas an "author" "creates" and "originates." An "author" seems to have a more creative bent, in fact, the first definition of an author seems to imply that "author" mostly applies to fiction, whereas "writer" applies to anything, although the third definition of "author" seems to say the same thing.
I researched the Oxford online dictionary (Compact version online ... too compact for my taste), and Oxford seems to agree with the assessment above: writers make it a profession, and an author "originates an idea."
Well, I like making money, so I think that makes me a writer. I think.
Then I turned to Merriam-Webster and it all became clear:
author: 1a: one that originates or creates b: capitalized: GOD (italics mine)
2: the writer of a literary work (as a book)
writer: one that writes: as a: AUTHOR
ROFLMAO ... so an author is God, and a writer just writes.
Now I don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Do I want to make money, or play God?