September 19, 2003
I’m having a problem with identity today. Pen-name or no pen-name. Some of the things I’ve been writing, I’m not as proud of. Mostly with my filmscript, which I have devoted the most time to. It pales beside the fiction I’ve begun writing again, and even beside my recent plays. Blame lessons in audience. Widening equals dilution and compromise. I feel less terrible about it knowing that there was once a pen name of Stephen Dedalus, while he published in a rag he wasn’t proud of. L.M. would tell me to pick a better audience or no audience at all.