Sunday February 26, 2017

One of the signs of a real writer is the need to write almost all the time, and along with this need goes the feeling of self-loathing when one isn’t writing. To what can one compare the pain of the blocked writer? Perhaps to a fine athlete, still in his prime, banned from the game he most loves. Hellacious!



—Joseph Epstein
  American writer and teacher (b.1937)

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The Boston Globe’s editors and I agreed in December 2015 that Reflection for the Day will no longer appear in the newspaper, ending a 32-year run since the feature was launched by visionary Boston Globe editor Tom Winship. This website will continue to publish the Reflections every day, including most Sundays, into 2016. To my many regular print readers through the years I extend deep gratitude and warm wishes for the New Year. - Tom Fitzpatrick