The Right Job For A Writer

In a 1956 interview with the Paris Review, William Faulkner claimed, “the best job that was ever offered to me was to become a landlord in a brothel”:

In my opinion it’s the perfect milieu for an artist to work in. It gives him perfect economic freedom; he’s free of fear and hunger; he has a roof over his head and nothing whatever to do except keep a few simple accounts and to go once every month and pay off the local police. The place is quiet during the morning hours, which is the best time of the day to work. There’s enough social life in the evening, if he wishes to participate, to keep him from being bored.

(Photo: William Faulkner’s Underwood Universal Portable typewriter, resting on a tiny desk his stepson helped him build, via Wikimedia Commons)