Knut Hamsun once said, in response to a questionnaire, that he wrote to kill time.  I think that even if he were sincere in stating it thus he was deluding himself.  Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery.  The adventure is a metaphysical one: it is a way of approaching life indirectly, of acquiring a total rather than a partial view of the universe.  The writer lives between the upper and lower worlds: he takes the path in order to eventually become that path himself.


Arthur Miller, “The Wisdom of the Heart