On self-deprecation

When I go to Baltimore, I always manage to work in a visit to the free book exchange. This time, I found the entire Frank McCourt trilogy (you know, the Irish writer who wrote ‘Angela’s Ashes’ ?) in paperback. I’d never read the third book, Teacher Man, so I picked it up. It was already scribbled on, underlined, dog-eared and asterisked like any well-loved book. I found one passage inside, toward the end, that might as well have have been me talking…

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“I must congratulate myself, in passing, for never having lost the ability to examinre my conscience, never having lost the ability to find myself wanting and defective. Why fear the criticism of others when you yourself are first out of the critical gate? If self-denigration is the race, I am the winner even before the starting gun.”

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About msmarguerite

Young Quebec City-based freelance journalist. once and future nomad. I blog about life, about travel, about things I notice and every so often about work. I enjoy language learning, singing, swing dancing, skating and...other stuff, sometimes. My heart is somewhere in East Africa, Haiti or Eastern Europe. English, français, русский, malo slovensko, un poco de espanol, um pouco de português ndiga ikirundi, mwen ap aprann kreyòl...
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