“Over and over again I have started writing about something really interesting or useful—classical stuff, matters of public interest, the Lord knows what—only to be pulled up with a jerk.  Just as I am getting absorbed in it, up comes Burden.  ‘Hi!’ he says.  ‘I want you!  You must stop that!’  I stop  with a wrench and an abiding grudge against him.  And when five or six weeks later there is a chance to start again, I shrink from re-absorption—remembering the wrench.  You can’t really write with any force about anything on which you are never allowed to fix your attention.”

Owen Barfield, This Ever Diverse Pair (London: Gollancz, 1950; rpt. Barfield Press 2010), 4.

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