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Re: Eureka! Writers Get Paid

As someone else who makes what is laughingly referred to as a living by writing, I stand as one with Max and Harlan Ellison on the subject of getting paid for it.

The idea that writers should be grateful just to see their work in print is no new problem, by the way, and writers have been fighting it for centuries. As Samuel Johnson explained to James Boswell 233 years ago, “No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.”

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